Asrock X79 Extreme9
X79 Extreme9
User Manual
Version 1.1
Published July 2013
Copyright©2013 ASRock INC. All rights reserved.
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Contents
1 Introduction.......................................................... 5
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
Package Contents..........................................................
Specifications..................................................................
Motherboard Layout........................................................
I/O Panel .......................................................................
ASRock Game Blaster ..................................................
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2 Installation............................................................ 17
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5
2.6
2.7
2.8
2.9
Screw Holes.................................................................... 17
Pre-installation Precautions .......................................... 17
CPU Installation.............................................................. 18
Installation of Heatsink and CPU fan.............................. 20
Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM)......................... 21
Expansion Slots (PCI Express Slots)................................. 23
ASRock Game Blaster Installation Guide....................... 25
SLITM, 3-Way SLITM and Quad SLITM Operation Guide.... 34
CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM and Quad
CrossFireXTM Operation Guide....................................... 40
2.10 Surround Display Features............................................. 44
2.11 ASRock Smart Remote Installation Guide...................... 45
2.12 ASRock XFast Charger Operation Guide....................... 46
2.13 Jumpers Setup .......................................................... 47
2.14 Onboard Headers and Connectors . ........................... 48
2.15 Smart Switches . ......................................................... 54
2.16 Dr. Debug ................................................................... 55
2.17 Serial ATA (SATA) / Serial ATAII (SATAII) Hard Disks
Installation ................................................................. 59
2.18 Serial ATA3 (SATA3) Hard Disks Installation .............. 59
2.19 Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for SATA / SATAII
HDDs ............................................................................ 60
2.20 Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for SATA3 HDDs .... 60
2.21 SATA / SATAII / SATA3 HDD Hot Plug Feature and
Operation Guide ......................................................... 61
2.22 Driver Installation Guide ............................................. 63
2.23 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM
64-bit With RAID Functions ........................................ 63
2.24 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit
/ XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions .................... 64
2.24.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID
Functions............................................................ 64
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2.24.2 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM /
VistaTM 64-bit Without RAID Functions................ 65
2.25 Teaming Function Operation Guide................................ 66
2.26 Untied Overclocking Technology.................................... 69
3 UEFI SETUP UTILITY.................................................. 70
3.1 Introduction.....................................................................
3.1.1 UEFI Menu Bar.....................................................
3.1.2 Navigation Keys....................................................
3.2 Main Screen....................................................................
3.3 OC Tweaker Screen.......................................................
3.4 Advanced Screen............................................................
3.4.1 CPU Configuration................................................
3.4.2 North Bridge Configuration...................................
3.4.3 South Bridge Configuration...................................
3.4.4 Storage Configuration...........................................
3.4.5 Super IO Configuration.........................................
3.4.6 ACPI Configuration...............................................
3.4.7 USB Configuration................................................
3.4.8 ME Subsystem......................................................
3.5 Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen....................
3.6 Boot Screen....................................................................
3.7 Security Screen..............................................................
3.8 Exit Screen.....................................................................
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4 Software Support.................................................. 92
4.1 Install Operating System.................................................
4.2 Support CD Information..................................................
4.2.1 Running Support CD.............................................
4.2.2 Drivers Menu.........................................................
4.2.3 Utilities Menu........................................................
4.2.4 Contact Information...............................................
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Chapter 1: Introduction
Thank you for purchasing ASRock X79 Extreme9 motherboard, a reliable motherboard produced under ASRock’s consistently stringent quality control. It delivers
excellent performance with robust design conforming to ASRock’s commitment to
quality and endurance.
In this manual, chapter 1 and 2 contains introduction of the motherboard and stepby-step guide to the hardware installation. Chapter 3 and 4 contains the
configuration guide to BIOS setup and information of the Support CD.
Because the motherboard specifications and the BIOS software might
be updated, the content of this manual will be subject to change without
notice. In case any modifications of this manual occur, the updated
version will be available on ASRock website without further notice. You
may find the latest VGA cards and CPU support lists on ASRock website
as well. ASRock website http://www.asrock.com
If you require technical support related to this motherboard, please visit
our website for specific information about the model you are using.
www.asrock.com/support/index.asp
1.1 Package Contents
ASRock X79 Extreme9 Motherboard
(ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)
ASRock X79 Extreme9 Quick Installation Guide
ASRock X79 Extreme9 Support CD
6 x Serial ATA (SATA) Data Cables (Optional)
2 x Serial ATA (SATA) HDD Power Cables (Optional)
1 x 3.5mm Audio Cable (Optional)
1 x I/O Panel Shield
1 x Front USB 3.0 Panel
4 x HDD Screws
6 x Chassis Screws
1 x Rear USB 3.0 Bracket
1 x ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card
1 x ASRock 3-Way SLI-2S1S Bridge Card
1 x ASRock Game Blaster
ASRock Reminds You...
To get better performance in Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64bit, it is recommended to set the BIOS option in Storage Configuration to
AHCI mode. For the BIOS setup, please refer to the “User Manual” in our
support CD for details.
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1.2 Specifications
Platform
CPU
Chipset
Memory
Expansion Slot
Audio
LAN
- ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm
- Premium Gold Capacitor design (100% Japan-made high-
quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors)
- Supports Intel® CoreTM i7 processor family for the LGA 2011
Socket
- Digi Power Design
- Advanced V16 + 2 Power Phase Design
- Supports Intel® Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology
- Supports Hyper-Threading Technology (see CAUTION 1)
- Supports Untied Overclocking Technology
- Intel® X79
- Quad Channel DDR3 Memory Technology (see CAUTION 2)
- 8 x DDR3 DIMM slots (see CAUTION 3)
- Supports DDR3 2400+(OC)/2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/
1066 non-ECC, un-buffered memory
- Supports DDR3 ECC, un-buffered memory with Intel®
Workstation 1S Xeon® processors E5 16xx/26xx/46xx series
in socket LGA 2011
- Max. capacity of system memory: 64GB (see CAUTION 4)
- Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)1.3/1.2
- 5 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (PCIE1/PCIE2/PCIE4/PCIE5:
x8/8/8/8 mode or x16/0/16/0 mode; PCIE6: x8 mode)
(see CAUTION 5)
- 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot
- Supports AMDTM Quad CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM
and CrossFireXTM
- Supports NVIDIA® Quad SLITM, 3-Way SLITM and SLITM - Supported by the bundled ASRock Game Blaster
- Creative Sound Core3D quad-core sound and voice
processor
- Supports CrystalVoice
- Supports EAX1.0 to EAX5.0
- PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
- Broadcom BCM57781
- Supports Wake-On-LAN
- Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
- Supports Dual LAN with Teaming function with the bundled
ASRock Game Blaster
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Rear Panel I/O
SATA3
USB3.0
Connector
Smart Switch
- Supports PXE
I/O Panel
- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
- 6 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports
- 2 x eSATA3 Connectors
- 4 x Ready-to-Use USB 3.0 Ports
- 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
- 1 x IEEE 1394 Port
- 1 x Clear CMOS Switch with LED
- 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors by Intel® X79, support RAID
(RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 and Intel Rapid
Storage 3.0), NCQ, AHCI and "Hot Plug" functions
- 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors by Marvell SE9220, support
RAID (RAID 0 and RAID 1), NCQ, AHCI and “Hot Plug”
functions
- 4 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors by 2 x Marvell SE9172
separately, support RAID (RAID 0 and RAID 1), NCQ, AHCI
and “Hot Plug” functions
- 4 x Rear USB 3.0 ports by TI®, support USB 1.0/2.0/3.0 up
to 5Gb/s
- 2 x Front USB 3.0 headers (support 4 USB 3.0 ports) by TI®,
supports USB 1.0/2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s
- 4 x SATA2 3.0 Gb/s connectors, support RAID (RAID 0,
RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 and Intel Rapid Storage 3.0),
NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug functions
- 8 x SATA3 6.0Gb/s connectors
- 1 x IR header
- 1 x CIR header
- 1 x COM port header
- 1 x IEEE 1394 header
- 1 x Power LED header
- CPU/Chassis/Power/SB FAN connector
- 24 pin ATX power connector
- 2 x 8 pin 12V power connectors
- SLI/XFire power connector
- 3 x USB 2.0 headers (support 6 USB 2.0 ports)
- 2 x USB 3.0 headers (support 4 USB 3.0 ports)
- 1 x Dr. Debug with LED
- 1 x Clear CMOS Switch with LED
- 1 x Power Switch with LED
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BIOS Feature
- 1 x Reset Switch with LED
- 64Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with GUI support
- Supports “Plug and Play”
- ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events
- Supports jumperfree
- SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support
- CPU, VCCSA, DRAM, VTT, CPU PLL, PCH1.1V, PCH1.5V Voltage Multi-adjustment
- Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version),
CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 Trial
- ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU) (see CAUTION 6)
- ASRock Instant Boot
- ASRock Instant Flash (see CAUTION 7)
- ASRock APP Charger (see CAUTION 8)
- ASRock XFast USB (see CAUTION 9)
- ASRock XFast LAN (see CAUTION 10)
- ASRock XFast Charger (see CAUTION 11)
- ASRock XFast RAM (see CAUTION 12)
- ASRock X-FAN (see CAUTION 13)
- ASRock Crashless BIOS (see CAUTION 14)
- Hybrid Booster:
- CPU Frequency Stepless Control (see CAUTION 15)
- ASRock U-COP (see CAUTION 16)
- Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.)
- Good Night LED
- CPU Temperature Sensing
- Chassis Temperature Sensing
- CPU/Chassis/Power/SB Fan Tachometer
- CPU/Chassis Quiet Fan (Allows Chassis Fan Speed Auto-
Adjust by CPU Temperature)
- CPU/Chassis/SB Fan Multi-Speed Control
- Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, CPU Vcore
- Microsoft® Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit compliant (see CAUTION 17)
- FCC, CE, WHQL
- ErP/EuP Ready (ErP/EuP ready power supply is required)
(see CAUTION 18)
Support CD
Unique Feature
Hardware Monitor
OS
Certifications
* For detailed product information, please visit our website: http://www.asrock.com
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WARNING
Please realize that there is a certain risk involved with overclocking, including
adjusting the setting in the BIOS, applying Untied Overclocking Technology, or
using the third-party overclocking tools. Overclocking may affect your system
stability, or even cause damage to the components and devices of your system. It should be done at your own risk and expense. We are not responsible for possible damage caused by overclocking.
CAUTION!
1. About the setting of “Hyper Threading Technology”, please check page
69.
2. This motherboard supports Quad Channel Memory Technology. Before
you implement Quad Channel Memory Technology, make sure to read
the installation guide of memory modules on page 21 for proper installation.
3. Due to Intel® CPU spec definition, please install the memory modules
on DDR3_A1, DDR3_B1, DDR3_C1 and DDR3_D1 for the first priority.
If above four DDR3 DIMM slots are fully installed, and you want to use
more than four memory modules, please install the other memory modules from left to right (from DDR3_A2, DDR3_B2, DDR3_D2 to DDR3_
C2.)
4. Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be
less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 7 /
VistaTM / XP. For Windows® OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation. You can use ASRock XFast RAM to utilize the memory that Windows® cannot use.
5. Currently Intel® Socket 2011 Sandy Bridge-E Processor doesn’t support
PCIE 3.0, but this motherboard is already PCIE 3.0 hardware ready. It
depends on Intel’s CPU to enable PCIE 3.0. Please check Intel’s website
for information on future CPU updates and releases.
6. ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU) is an all-in-one tool to ne-tune different system functions in a user-friendly interface, which includes Hardware Monitor, Fan Control, Overclocking, OC DNA and IES. In Hardware
Monitor, it shows the major readings of your system. In Fan Control, it
shows the fan speed and temperature for you to adjust. In Overclocking,
you are allowed to overclock CPU frequency for optimal system performance. In OC DNA, you can save your OC settings as a profile and
share it with your friends. Your friends then can load the OC profile to
their own system to get the same OC settings. In IES (Intelligent Energy
Saver), the voltage regulator can reduce the number of output phases to
improve efficiency when the CPU cores are idle without sacrificing
computing performance. Please visit our website for the operation procedures of ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU).
ASRock website: http://www.asrock.com
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7. ASRock Instant Flash is a BIOS flash utility embedded in Flash ROM.
This convenient BIOS update tool allows you to update system BIOS
without entering operating systems first like MS-DOS or Windows®. With
this utility, you can press the <F6> key during the POST or the <F2>
key to enter into the BIOS setup menu to access ASRock Instant Flash.
Just launch this tool and save the new BIOS file to your USB flash drive,
floppy disk or hard drive, then you can update your BIOS only in a few
clicks without preparing an additional floppy diskette or other complicated
flash utility. Please be noted that the USB flash drive or hard drive must
use FAT32/16/12 file system.
8. If you desire a faster, less restricted way of charging your Apple devices, such as iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, ASRock has prepared a wonderful solution for you - ASRock APP Charger. Simply install the APP Charger
driver, it makes your iPhone charge much quickly from your computer and
up to 40% faster than before. ASRock APP Charger allows you to quickly
charge many Apple devices simultaneously and even supports continuous charging when your PC enters into Standby mode (S1), Suspend to
RAM (S3), hibernation mode (S4) or power off (S5). With APP Charger
driver installed, you can easily enjoy the marvelous charging experience.
ASRock website: http://www.asrock.com/Feature/AppCharger/index.asp
9. ASRock XFast USB can boost USB storage device performance. The
performance may depend on the properties of the device.
10. ASRock XFast LAN provides a faster internet access, which includes
the benefits listed below. LAN Application Prioritization: You can configure your application’s priority ideally and/or add new programs. Lower
Latency in Game: After setting online game’s priority higher, it can lower
the latency in games. Traffic Shaping: You can watch Youtube HD videos
and download simultaneously. Real-Time Analysis of Your Data: With
the status window, you can easily recognize which data streams you are
transferring currently.
11. ASRock XFast Charger is the best and fastest technology to charge your
mobile devices via PC. With the superb XFast Charger USB port, users
are assured to enjoy the quick charging experience anytime. In addition to Apple devices, it is also capable of Charging the BC 1.1 standard
smart devices. Please refer to page 46 for details.
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12. ASRock XFast RAM is a new function that is included into ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU). It fully utilizes the memory space that cannot be used under Windows® OS 32-bit CPU. ASRock XFast RAM also
shortens the loading time of previously visited websites, making web surfing faster than ever. And it also boosts the speed of Adobe Photoshop 5
times faster. Another advantage of ASRock XFast RAM is that it reduces
the frequency of accessing your SSDs or HDDs in order to extend their
lifespan.
13. ASRock X-FAN will be automatically activated only when the system
rises to a certain temperature under heavy-loading or overclocking. Normally, ASRock X-FAN will remain deactivated to give users the quietest
computing experience. The target temperature and fan speed settings
can be configured in the UEFI setup utility.
14. ASRock Crashless BIOS allows users to update their BIOS without fear
of failing. If power loss occurs during the BIOS update process, ASRock
Crashless BIOS will automatically finish the BIOS update procedure after
regaining power. Please note that BIOS files need to be placed in the
root directory of your USB disk. Only USB2.0 ports support this feature.
15. Although this motherboard offers stepless control, it is not recommended
to perform over-clocking. Frequencies other than the recommended CPU
bus frequencies may cause instability of the system or damage the CPU.
16. While CPU overheat is detected, the system will automatically shutdown.
Before you resume the system, please check if the CPU fan on the motherboard functions properly and unplug the power cord, then plug it back
again. To improve heat dissipation, remember to spray thermal grease
between the CPU and the heatsink when you install the PC system.
17. Intel Rapid Storage Technology enterprise 3.0, ASRock XFast RAM and
ASRock Game Blaster are not supported by Microsoft® Windows® XP /
XP 64-bit.
18. EuP stands for Energy Using Product, was a provision regulated by the
European Union to define the power consumption for the completed system. According to EuP, the total AC power of the completed system
should be under 1.00W in off mode condition. To meet EuP standards,
an EuP ready motherboard and an EuP ready power supply are required.
According to Intel’s suggestion, the EuP ready power supply must meet
the standard of 5v, and the standby power efficiency should be higher
than 50% under 100 mA current consumption. For EuP ready power supply selection, we recommend you to check with the power supply manufacturer for more details.
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1.3 Motherboard Layout
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10 11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
Power Fan Connector (PWR_FAN1)
27
240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slot (DDR3_A1, Black) 28
240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slot (DDR3_A2, Black) 29
240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slot (DDR3_B1, Black) 30
240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slot (DDR3_B2, Black) 31
ATX 12V Power Connector (ATX12V2)
32
ATX 12V Power Connector (ATX12V1)
33
2011-Pin CPU Socket
34
CPU Fan Connector (CPU_FAN1)
35
240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slot (DDR3_D2, Black) 36
240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slot (DDR3_D1, Black) 37
CPU Fan Connector (CPU_FAN2)
38
240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slot (DDR3_C2, Black)
240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slot (DDR3_C1, Black) 39
ATX Power Connector (ATXPWR1)
40
SB Fan Connector (SB_FAN1)
41
USB 3.0 Header (USB3_6_7, Black)
42
USB 3.0 Header (USB3_4_5, Black)
43
SATA2 Connectors (SATA2_2_3, Black)
SATA2 Connectors (SATA2_0_1, Black)
44
SATA3 Connectors (SATA3_0_1, Gray)
45
SATA3 Connectors (SATA3_M4_M5, Gray)
46
SATA3 Connectors (SATA3_M2_M3, Gray)
47
SATA3 Connectors (SATA3_M0_M1, Gray)
48
Dr. Debug
49
Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN1)
50
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Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN2)
Reset Switch (RSTBTN)
Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN3)
Power Switch (PWRBTN)
Power LED Header (PLED1)
System Panel Header (PANEL1, Black)
Chassis Speaker Header (SPEAKER1, Black)
USB 2.0 Header (USB_12_13, Black)
SPI Flash Memory (64Mb)
USB 2.0 Header (USB_10_11, Black)
Intel X79 Chipset
Consumer Infrared Module Header
(CIR1, Gray)
USB 2.0 Header (USB_8_9, Black) Infrared Module Header (IR1)
Clear CMOS Jumper (CLRCMOS1)
COM Port Header (COM1)
Front Panel IEEE 1394 Header
(FRONT_1394, Black)
PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot (PCIE6, Black)
PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot (PCIE5, Black)
PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot (PCIE4, Black)
PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot (PCIE3, Black)
PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot (PCIE2, Black)
PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot (PCIE1, Black)
SLI / XFIRE Power Connector
1.4 I/O Panel
1
2
* 3
4
** 5
USB 2.0 Ports (USB01) IEEE 1394 Port (IEEE 1394)
LAN RJ-45 Port
USB 3.0 Ports (USB23)
eSATA3 Connectors
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7
8
9
10
USB 3.0 Ports (USB3_01)
USB 2.0 Ports (USB45)
USB 2.0 Ports (USB23) Clear CMOS Switch (CLRCBTN)
PS/2 Keyboard Port (Purple)
* There are two LED next to the LAN port. Please refer to the table below for the LAN port LED indications.
LAN Port LED Indications
Activity/Link LED
Status
Description
Off
No Link
Blinking Data Activity
On
Link
Status
Off
Orange
Green
SPEED LED
Description
10Mbps connection
100Mbps connection
1Gbps connection
** eSATA3 connector supports SATA Gen3 in cable 1M.
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ACT/LINK
LED
SPEED
LED
LAN Port
1.5 ASRock Game Blaster
ASRock Game Blaster is packed with the new earthshattering Creative Sound
Core3D quad-core sound and voice processor. It is designed to deliver sound and
voice with unbeatable quality and accurate 3D positional audio. It also boosts gaming performance, enables dual LAN with teaming function, and allows users to
morph their voice into miscellaneous characters which is amusingly funny.
4 x 1/8” Mini Jacks
** Front Panel Audio Header
*** HDMI_SPDIF Header
* LAN RJ-45 Port
Optical SPDIF Out Port
PCIE Gold Fingers
Coaxial SPDIF Out Port
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* There are two LEDs next to the LAN port. Please refer to the table below for the LAN port LED indications.
LAN Port LED Indications
Activity/Link LED
Status
Description
Off
No Link
Blinking Data Activity
On
Link
Status
Off
Green
Green
** Front Panel Audio Header
SPEED LED
Description
10Mbps connection
100Mbps connection
1Gbps connection
GND
PRESENCE#
MIC_RET
OUT_RET
(9-pin F_AUDIO1)
1
OUT2_L
J_SENSE
OUT2_R
MIC2_R
MIC2_L
*** HDMI_SPDIF Header
DUMMY GND
(3-pin HDMI_SPDIF1)
1
SPDIF OUT
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ACT/LINK
LED
SPEED
LED
LAN Port
Specifications
Platform
Chipset
Output Features
Input Features
Audio
LAN
Rear Panel I/O
Connector
OS
- Size: 4.3-in x 3.0-in, 11.0 cm x 7.5 cm
- Premium Gold Capacitor design (100% Japan-made highquality Conductive Polymer Capacitors)
- Creative Sound Core3D quad-core sound and voice
processor
- Powerful 32-bit 200Mhz QUAD-Processor SIMD DSP
- 102dB 24-bit DAC
- 101dB 24-bit ADC
- Supports Stereo / 2.1 Speakers / 5.1 Surround / 7.1
Surround-EX / Headphones
- Front Panel Headphone Out with built-in amplifier (shared
with jack 4)
- Coaxial SPDIF Out Port
- Optical SPDIF Out Port
- Line in / Microphone in shared with 1/8" mini jack (jack 3)
- Front Panel Microphone In
- Supports CrystalVoice
- Supports EAX1.0 to EAX5.0
- Supports Full Blu-ray Profile 2.0 Audio Decoder
- Supports Blu-ray Audio
- Supports AES-128 Encryption/Decryption Engine
- Broadcom BCM57781
- PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
- Supports Wake-On-LAN
- Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
- Supports Dual LAN with Teaming function (for motherboards
with Broadcom LAN)
- Supports PXE
I/O Panel
- 1 x Coaxial SPDIF Out Port
- 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
- 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED
LED)
- 4 x 1/8" mini jacks
- 1 x HDMI_SPDIF header
- 1 x Front panel audio connector
- Microsoft® Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit
compliant
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Chapter 2: Installation
This is an ATX form factor (12.0" x 9.6", 30.5 x 24.4 cm) motherboard. Before you
install the motherboard, study the configuration of your chassis to ensure that the
motherboard fits into it.
Make sure to unplug the power cord before installing or removing the motherboard. Failure to do so may cause physical injuries to you and damages to motherboard components.
2.1 Screw Holes
Place screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the motherboard to the
chassis.
Do not over-tighten the screws! Doing so may damage the motherboard.
2.2 Pre-installation Precautions
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard components
or change any motherboard settings.
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any
components.
To avoid damaging the motherboard’s components due to static
electricity, NEVER place your motherboard directly on the carpet
or the like. Also remember to use a grounded wrist strap or touch a
safety grounded object before you handle the components.
Hold components by the edges and do not touch the ICs.
Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded antistatic pad or in the bag that comes with the component.
When placing screws into the screw holes to secure the motherboard to the chassis, please do not over-tighten the screws! Doing
so may damage the motherboard.
Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the power is
switched off or the power cord is detached from the power supply. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the motherboard, peripherals,
and/or components.
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2.3 CPU Installation
Load Lever
For the installation of Intel 2011-Pin CPU,
please follow the steps below.
Load Lever
Contact Array
Socket Body
Load Plate
2011-Pin Socket Overview
Before you insert the 2011-Pin CPU into the socket, please check if the
CPU surface is unclean or if there are any bent pins in the socket. Do
not force to insert the CPU into the socket if above situation is found.
Otherwise, the CPU will be seriously damaged.
Step 1.
Open the socket:
Step 1-1. Disengage the left lever by pressing it
down and sliding it out of the hook.
Step 1-2. Disengage the right lever by pressing
it down and sliding it out of the hook.
Step 1-3. Keep the right lever positioned at
about 90 degrees in order to flip up
the load plate.
Step 2.
Insert the 2011-Pin CPU:
Step 2-1. Hold the CPU by the edge with the
triangle mark(Pin 1) on your upper
right corner.
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Pin1
Step 2-2. Locate Pin1 and the two orientation
key notches.
orientation key notch
alignment key
Pin1
orientation key notch
alignment key
2011-Pin CPU
2011-Pin Socket
For proper inserting, please ensure to match the four orientation key
notches of the CPU with the four alignment keys of the socket.
Step 2-3. Carefully place the CPU into the
socket by using a purely vertical motion.
Step 2-4. Verify that the CPU is within the socket and properly mated to the orient
keys.
Step 3.
Close the socket:
Step 3-1. Flip the load plate onto the IHS, then
the cover will automatically come off
by itself.
The cover must be placed if returning the
motherboard for after service.
Step 3-2. Press down the right load lever, and
secure it with the load plate tab under
the retention tab.
Step 3-3. Press down the left load lever, and
secure it with the load plate tab under
the retention tab.
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2.4 Installation of CPU Fan and Heatsink
This motherboard is equipped with 2011-Pin socket that supports Intel 2011-Pin
CPU. Please adopt the type of heatsink and cooling fan compliant with Intel 2011Pin CPU to dissipate heat. Before you installed the heatsink, you need to spray
thermal interface material between the CPU and the heatsink to improve heat dissipation. Ensure that the CPU and the heatsink are securely fastened and in good
contact with each other. Then connect the CPU fan to the CPU_FAN connector
(CPU_FAN1, see page 12, No. 9 or CPU_FAN2, see page 12, No. 12).
For proper installation, please kindly refer to the instruction manuals of your
CPU fan and heatsink.
Below is an example to illustrate the installation of the heatsink for 2011-Pin CPU.
Step 1. Apply thermal interface material onto center of
IHS on the socket surface.
Apply Thermal
Interface Material
Step 2. Place the heatsink onto the socket. Ensure
fan cables are oriented on side closest to the
CPU fan connector on the motherboard (CPU_
FAN1, see page 12, No. 9 or CPU_FAN2, see
page 12, No. 12).
Step 3. Align screws with the motherboard’s holes.
Step 4. Use a screw driver to install the screws.
Screws
(4 corners)
If you don’t fasten the screws, the heatsink cannot be secured on
the motherboard.
Step 5. Connect fan header with the CPU fan connector on the motherboard.
Step 6. Secure excess cable with tie-wrap to ensure the cable does not interfere with fan operation or contact other components.
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2.5 Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM)
This motherboard provides eight 240-pin DDR3 (Double Data Rate 3) DIMM
slots, and supports Quad Channel Memory Technology. For quad channel configuration, you always need to install identical (the same brand, speed, size
and chip-type) DDR3 DIMM in the slots, so that Quad Channel Memory Technology can be activated.
1. Due to Intel® CPU spec definition, please install the memory modules on DDR3_A1, DDR3_B1, DDR3_C1 and DDR3_D1 for the
first priority. If above four DDR3 DIMM slots are fully installed, and
you want to use more than four memory modules, please install the
other memory modules from left to right (from DDR3_A2, DDR3_
B2, DDR3_D2 to DDR3_C2.)
2. If only two memory modules are installed in the DDR3 DIMM slots,
then Dual Channel Memory Technology is activated. If three memory modules are installed, then Triple Channel Memory Technology
is activated. If more than four memory modules are installed in the
DDR3 DIMM slots, then Quad Channel Memory Technology is activated.
3. It is not allowed to install a DDR or DDR2 memory module into
DDR3 slot; otherwise, this motherboard and DIMM may be damaged.
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Installing a DIMM
Please make sure to disconnect power supply before adding or removing DIMMs or the system components.
Step 1. Unlock a DIMM slot by pressing the retaining clips outward.
Step 2. Align a DIMM on the slot such that the notch on the DIMM matches the break on the slot.
notch
break
notch
break
The DIMM only fits in one correct orientation. It will cause permanent
damage to the motherboard and the DIMM if you force the DIMM into
the slot at incorrect orientation.
Step 3. Firmly insert the DIMM into the slot until the retaining clips at both ends fully snap back in place and the DIMM is properly seated.
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2.6 Expansion Slots (PCI Express Slots)
There are 6 PCI Express slots on this motherboard.
PCIE slots:PCIE1 / PCIE2 / PCIE4 / PCIE5 / PCIE6 (PCIE 3.0 x16 slots) are used
for PCI Express graphics cards.
PCIE3 (PCIE 2.0 x1 slot) is used for PCI Express cards with x1 lane
width cards, such as ASRock Game Blaster, Gigabit LAN card, SATA2
card, etc.
PCIE Slot Configurations
Dual Graphics Cards in CrossFireXTM or SLITM Mode
Triple Graphics Cards in
3-Way CrossFireXTM or
3-Way SLITM Mode
Five Graphics Cards PCIE1
x16 PCIE2
x0
PCIE4
x16 PCIE5
x0
PCIE6
N/A
x16 x0
x16 x0
x8
x8 x8
x8 x8
x8 1. In single VGA card mode, it is recommended to install a PCI Express x16 graphics card on PCIE1 slot.
2. In CrossFireXTM mode or SLITM mode, please install PCI Express x16 graphics cards on PCIE1 and PCIE4 slots. Therefore, both these two slots will work at x16 bandwidth.
3. In 3-Way CrossFireXTM or 3-Way SLITM mode, please install PCI
Express x16 graphics cards on PCIE1, PCIE4 and PCIE6 slots.
Therefore, PCIE1 and PCIE4 will work at x16 bandwidth, while PCIE6
works at x8 bandwidth.
4. If you install five PCI Express x16 graphics cards on PCIE1, PCIE2, PCIE4, PCIE5 and PCIE6 slots, these five slots will work at x8
bandwidth.
5. Please connect a chassis fan to motherboard chassis fan connector (CHA_FAN1, CHA_FAN2 or CHA_FAN3) when using multiple
graphics cards for better thermal environment.
6. Currently Intel® Socket 2011 Sandy Bridge-E Processor doesn’t
support PCIE 3.0, but this motherboard is already PCIE 3.0 hardware
ready. It depends on Intel’s CPU to enable PCIE 3.0. Please check
Intel’s website for information on future CPU updates and releases.
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Installing an expansion card
Step 1.
Step 2.
Step 3.
Step 4.
Step 5.
Step 6. Before installing the expansion card, please make sure that the power supply is switched off or the power cord is unplugged. Please read the documentation of the expansion card and make necessary hardware
settings for the card before you start the installation.
Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed
in a chassis).
Remove the bracket facing the slot that you intend to use. Keep the
screws for later use.
Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is completely seated on the slot.
Fasten the card to the chassis with screws.
Replace the system cover.
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2.7 ASRock Game Blaster Installation Guide
2.7.1
ASRock Game Blaster and Driver Installation
Step 1. Please refer to the “Expansion Slots” section then insert ASRock Game
Blaster into PCIE3 slot.
Step2.
Follow the step by step driver setup directions. Please make sure to use
Windows® VistaTM 32-bit / 64-bit or Windows® 7 32-bit / 64-bit.
ASRock Game Blaster is not supported under Windows® XP / XP 64-bit.
Step3.
Restart your computer for ASRock Game Blaster to take effect.
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2.7.2
ASRock Game Blaster Configuration
This section explains how to configure your ASRock Game Blaster.
2.7.2.1 THX TRUSTUDIO PRO
Surround
Control the level of audio immersion in music, movies and games.
Crystalizer
Enhance music and movies to make them sound livelier.
Bass
Control the desired level of bass.
Crossover Frequency
Redirect all frequencies below this value to the optimal speaker for
better bass response.
Smart Volume
Adjust the loudness of your audio playback automatically to minimize
sudden volume changes.
Dialog Plus
Enhance the voices in movies for clearer dialog.
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2.7.2.2 CRYSTALVOICE
Select a recording device
Mic Volume
Control the level of mic volume.
Mic Boost
Control the level of mic boost.
CrystalVoice
Click the power button on the left to activate or deactivate.
FX
Morph your voice into different characters and accents.
Smart Volume
Be heard clearly without having to shout or whisper.
Noise Reduction
Eliminate unwanted background noise in your conversation.
Acoustic Echo Cancellation
Eliminate echoes that interfere with your conversation.
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2.7.2.3 SPEAKERS/HEADPHONES
Speakers / Headphones Configuration
Select the device connected.
Optional Speakers:
Center
Enable or disable center speaker.
Subwoofer
Enable or disable subwoofer.
Rear pair
Enable or disable rear pair speakers.
If there are both speakers and
front headphones connected,
please select the device you
desire to use as audio output.
Full-Range Speakers:
Select full-range speakers.
Front left and right
Surround speakers
Bass Management
Bass Redirection
Enable or disable bass redirection.
Subwoofer Gain
Enable or disable subwoofer gain.
Crossover Frequency
Redirect all frequencies below this value to the optimal speaker for better
bass response.
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2.7.2.4 MIXER
Playback
Speakers
Control the level of speakers playback.
SPDIF-Out
Control the level of SPDIF-Out playback.
Balance
Control the level of various speaker’s balance.
REC
Input Device
Select input device.
What U Hear
Control the level of playback redirect.
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2.7.2.5 EQUALIZER
EQ
Choose from Flat, Acoustic, Classical, Country, Dance, Jazz, New Age, Pop,
Rock and Vocal.
2.7.2.6 JACK SETUP
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Device Connected:
Select the device connected.
5.1 Surround
Front Speakers
Center/Subwoofer
Rear Speakers
7.1 EX Surround
Front Speakers
Center/Subwoofer
Rear Speakers
Side Speakers
Front panel headphones is shared with
side speakers.
Stereo and Microphone
Speakers
Microphone
Stereo and Line-In
Speakers
Line-In
Show Jack Setup dialog when an audio jack is inserted
Enable or disable Jack Setup dialog.
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2.7.2.7 ADVANCED FEATURES
Play stereo mix to digital output
Enable or disable play stereo mix to digital output.
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2.7.2.8 PROFILE
User Profiles
You can save, load or delete your user profiles. The default is <Custom>.
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2.8 SLITM, 3-Way SLITM and Quad SLITM Operation Guide
This motherboard supports NVIDIA® SLITM, 3-Way SLITM and Quad SLITM (Scalable
Link Interface) technology that allows you to install up to three identical PCI Express
x16 graphics cards. Currently, NVIDIA® SLITM technology supports Windows® XP /
XP 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit OS. NVIDIA® 3-Way SLITM and Quad
SLITM technology support Windows® VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit OS only.
Please follow the installation procedures in this section.
Requirements
1. For SLITM technology, you should have two identical SLITM-ready graphics cards that are NVIDIA® certified. For 3-Way SLITM technology, you should have three identical 3-Way SLITM-ready graphics cards that are NVIDIA® certified. For Quad SLITM technology, you should have two identical Quad SLITM-ready graphics cards that are NVIDIA® certified.
2. Make sure that your graphics card driver supports NVIDIA® SLITM technology
(driver version 280.41 and later). Download the driver from NVIDIA website
(www.nvidia.com). 3. Make sure that your power supply unit (PSU) can provide at least the minimum power required by your system. It is recommended to use NVIDIA® certified PSU. Please refer to NVIDIA® website for details.
2.8.1 Graphics Card Setup
2.8.1.1 Installing Two SLITM-Ready Graphics Cards
Step 1. Install the identical SLITM-ready graphics cards that are NVIDIA® certified
because different types of graphics cards will not work together properly.
(Even the GPU chips version shall be the same.) Insert one graphics card
into PCIE1 slot and the other graphics card to PCIE4 slot. Make sure that
the cards are properly seated on the slots.
Step2.
If required, connect the auxiliary power source to the PCI Express graphics cards.
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Step3.
Align and insert the ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card to the goldfingers on
each graphics card. Make sure the ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card is firmly
in place.
ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card
Step4.
Connect a VGA cable or a DVI cable to the monitor connector or the DVI
connector of the graphics card that is inserted to PCIE1 slot.
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2.8.1.2 Installing Three SLITM-Ready Graphics Cards
Step 1. Install the identical 3-Way SLITM-ready graphics cards that are NVIDIA®
certified because different types of graphics cards will not work together
properly. (Even the GPU chips version shall be the same.) Each graphics card should have two goldfingers for ASRock 3-Way SLI-2S1S Bridge
Card connector. Insert one graphics card into PCIE1 slot, another graphics
card to PCIE4 slot, and the other graphics card to PCIE6 slot. Make sure
that the cards are properly seated on the slots.
Two Goldfingers
Step2.
Connect the auxiliary power source to the PCI Express graphics card.
Please make sure that both power connectors on the PCI Express graphics card are connected. Repeat this step on the three graphics cards.
Step3.
Align and insert ASRock 3-Way SLI-2S1S Bridge Card to the goldfingers
on each graphics card. Make sure ASRock 3-Way SLI-2S1S Bridge Card
is firmly in place.
ASRock 3-Way SLI-2S1S Bridge Card
Step4.
Connect a VGA cable or a DVI cable to the monitor connector or the DVI
connector of the graphics card that is inserted to PCIE1 slot.
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2.8.2 Driver Installation and Setup
Install the graphics card drivers to your system. After that, you can enable the MultiGraphics Processing Unit (GPU) feature in the NVIDIA® nView system tray utility.
Please follow the below procedures to enable the multi-GPU feature.
For Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS:
(For SLITM mode only)
A. Double-click NVIDIA Settings icon on your Windows® taskbar.
B. From the pop-up menu, select Set SLI and PhysX configuration. In Set PhysX GPU acceleration item, please select Enabled. In Select an SLI configuration item, please select Enable SLI. And click Apply.
C. Reboot your system.
D. You can freely enjoy the benefit of SLITM feature.
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For Windows® VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit OS:
(For SLITM and Quad SLITM mode)
A. Click the Start icon on your Windows taskbar.
B. From the pop-up menu, select All Programs, and then click NVIDIA Corporation.
C. Select NVIDIA Control Panel tab.
D. Select Control Panel tab.
E. From the pop-up menu, select Set SLI and PhysX configuration. In Set PhysX GPU acceleration item, please select Enabled. In Select an SLI configuration item, please select Enable SLI. And click Apply.
F. Reboot your system.
G. You can freely enjoy the benefit of SLITM or Quad SLITM feature.
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For Windows® VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit OS:
(For 3-Way SLITM mode)
A. Follow steps A to D on page 38.
B. From the pop-up menu, select Set SLI and PhysX configuration. In Select a hardware acceleration setting for PhysX item, please select Enabled. In Select an SLI configuration item, please select Enable 3-way SLI. And click Apply.
C. Reboot your system.
D. You can freely enjoy the benefit of 3-Way SLITM feature.
* SLITM appearing here is a registered trademark of NVIDIA® Technologies Inc., and is used only for identification or explanation and to the owners’ benefit, without intent to infringe.
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2.9 CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM and Quad CrossFireXTM Operation Guide
This motherboard supports CrossFireXTM, 3-way CrossFireXTM and Quad
CrossFireXTM feature. CrossFireXTM technology offers the most advantageous
means available of combining multiple high performance Graphics Processing
Units (GPU) in a single PC. Combining a range of different operating modes with
intelligent software design and an innovative interconnect mechanism, CrossFireXTM
enables the highest possible level of performance and image quality in any 3D
application. Currently CrossFireXTM feature is supported with Windows® XP with
Service Pack 2 / VistaTM / 7 OS. 3-way CrossFireXTM and Quad CrossFireXTM feature
are supported with Windows® VistaTM / 7 OS only. Please check AMD website for
ATITM CrossFireXTM driver updates.
1. If a customer incorrectly configures their system they will not see the performance benefits of CrossFireXTM. All three CrossFireXTM components, a CrossFireXTM Ready graphics card, a CrossFireXTM Ready motherboard and a CrossFireXTM Edition co-processor graphics card, must be installed correctly to benefit from the CrossFireXTM multi-GPU platform.
2. If you pair a 12-pipe CrossFireXTM Edition card with a 16-pipe card, both cards will operate as 12-pipe cards while in CrossFireXTM mode.
2.9.1 Graphics Card Setup
2.9.1.1 Installing Two CrossFireXTM-Ready Graphics Cards
Different CrossFireXTM cards may require different methods to enable CrossFireXTM
feature. In below procedures, we use Radeon HD 5770 as the example graphics
card. For other CrossFireXTM cards that AMD has released or will release in the
future, please refer to AMD graphics card manuals for detailed installation guide.
Step 1. Insert one Radeon graphics card into PCIE1 slot and the other Radeon
graphics card to PCIE4 slot. Make sure that the cards are properly seated
on the slots.
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Step 2. Connect two Radeon graphics cards by installing CrossFire Bridge on
CrossFire Bridge Interconnects on the top of Radeon graphics cards.
(CrossFire Bridge is provided with the graphics card you purchase, not
bundled with this motherboard. Please refer to your graphics card vendor
for details.)
CrossFire Bridge
or
Step 3. Connect the DVI monitor cable to the DVI connector on the Radeon
graphics card on PCIE1 slot. (You may use the DVI to D-Sub adapter to
convert the DVI connector to D-Sub interface, and then connect the D-Sub
monitor cable to the DVI to D-Sub adapter.)
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2.9.1.2 Installing Three CrossFireXTM-Ready Graphics Cards
Step 1. Install the identical 3-Way CrossFireXTM-ready graphics cards that are
AMD® certified because different types of graphics cards will not work
together properly. (Even the GPU chips version shall be the same.) Insert
one graphics card into PCIE1 slot, another graphics card to PCIE4 slot,
and the other graphics card to PCIE6 slot. Make sure that the cards are
properly seated on the slots.
Step 4. Use one CrossFireTM Bridge to connect Radeon graphics cards on PCIE1
and PCIE4 slots, and use the other CrossFireTM Bridge to connect Radeon
graphics cards on PCIE4 and PCIE6 slots. (CrossFireTM Bridge is provided
with the graphics card you purchase, not bundled with this motherboard.
Please refer to your graphics card vendor for details.)
CrossFireTM Bridge
Step 5. Connect the DVI monitor cable to the DVI connector on the Radeon graphics card on PCIE1 slot. (You may use the DVI to D-Sub adapter to convert
the DVI connector to D-Sub interface, and then connect the D-Sub monitor
cable to the DVI to D-Sub adapter.)
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2.9.2 Driver Installation and Setup
Step 1. Power on your computer and boot into OS.
Step 2. Remove the AMD driver if you have any VGA driver installed in your
system.
The Catalyst Uninstaller is an optional download. We recommend using this utility to uninstall any previously installed Catalyst drivers prior to installation.
Please check AMD website for ATITM driver updates.
Step 3. Install the required drivers to your system.
For Windows® XP OS:
A. AMD recommends Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or higher to be installed (If you have Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or higher installed in your system, there is no need to download it again):
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sp2/default.mspx
B. You must have Microsoft .NET Framework installed prior to downloading and installing the CATALYST Control Center. Please check Microsoft website for details.
For Windows® 7 / VistaTM OS:
Install the CATALYST Control Center. Please check AMD website for details.
Step 4. Restart your computer.
Step 5. Install the VGA card drivers to your system, and restart your computer.
Then you will find “ATI Catalyst Control Center” on your Windows® taskbar.
ATI Catalyst Control Center
Step 6. Double-click “ATI Catalyst Control Center”. Click “View”, select “CrossFireXTM”, and then check the item “Enable CrossFireXTM”. Select “2 GPUs”
and click “Apply” (if you install two Radeon graphics cards). Select “3
GPUs” and click “OK” (if you install three Radeon graphics cards).
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Although you have selected the option “Enable CrossFireTM”, the CrossFireXTM function may not work actually. Your computer will automatically reboot. After restarting your computer, please confirm whether the option “Enable CrossFireTM” in “ATI Catalyst Control Center” is selected or not; if not, please select it again, and then you are able to enjoy the benefit of CrossFireXTM feature.
Step 7. You can freely enjoy the benefit of CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM or
Quad CrossFireXTM feature.
* CrossFireXTM appearing here is a registered trademark of AMD Technologies Inc., and is used only for identification or explanation and to the owners’ benefit, without intent to infringe.
* For further information of AMD CrossFireXTM technology, please check AMD website for updates and details.
2.10 Surround Display Feature
This motherboard supports Surround Display upgrade. With the external add-on PCI
Express VGA cards, you can easily enjoy the benefits of Surround Display feature.
For detailed instructions, please refer to the document at the following path in the
Support CD:
..\ Surround Display Information
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2.11 ASRock Smart Remote Installation Guide
ASRock Smart Remote is only used for ASRock motherboard with CIR header.
Please refer to below procedures for the quick installation and usage of ASRock
Smart Remote.
Step1.
Find the CIR header located next to the USB 2.0 header on ASRock
motherboard.
Step2.
Connect the front USB cable to the
USB 2.0 header (as below, pin 1-5)
and the CIR header. Please make
sure the wire assignments and the
pin assignments are matched
correctly.
USB 2.0 header (9-pin, black)
CIR header (4-pin, gray)
USB_PWR
PP+
GND
1
2 3
DUMMY
4 5
GND
IRTX
IRRX
ATX+5VSB
Step3.
Install Multi-Angle CIR Receiver to
the front USB port. If Multi-Angle
CIR Receiver cannot successfully
receive the infrared signals from
MCE Remote Controller, please try
to install it to the other front USB
port.
3 CIR sensors in different angles
1.
2.
3.
Only one of the front USB port can support CIR function. When
the CIR function is enabled, the other port will remain USB function.
Multi-Angle CIR Receiver is used for front USB only. Please do
not use the rear USB bracket to connect it on the rear panel. Multi-Angle CIR Receiver can receive the multi-direction infrared
signals (top, down and front), which is compatible with most of
the chassis on the market.
The Multi-Angle CIR Receiver does not support Hot-Plug
function. Please install it before you boot the system.
* ASRock Smart Remote is only supported by some of ASRock motherboards. Please refer to
ASRock website for the motherboard support list: http://www.asrock.com
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2.12 ASRock XFast Charger Operation Guide
ASRock XFast Charger is the best and
fastest technology to charge your mobile
devices via PC. With the superb XFast
Charger USB port, users are assured to
enjoy the quick charging experience
anytime. In addition to Apple devices, it
is also capable of Charging the BC 1.1
standard smart devices. Please refer to
below instruction for proper operation.
This motherboard provides five USB ports for ASRock XFast Charger:
USB 2.0 port (USB0) on the I/O panel
see p.13 No. 1
USB 3.0 ports (USB3_6_7 and USB3_4_5) headers
see p.12 No. 17
see p.12 No. 18
With ASRock XFast Charger feature, you can freely enjoy the quick charging
convenience by installing the USB cable on these five ports.
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2.13 Jumpers Setup
The illustration shows how jumpers are
setup. When the jumper cap is placed on
pins, the jumper is “Short”. If no jumper cap
is placed on pins, the jumper is “Open”. The
illustration shows a 3-pin jumper whose
pin1 and pin2 are “Short” when jumper cap
is placed on these 2 pins.
Jumper
Setting
Clear CMOS Jumper
Description
(CLRCMOS1)
(see p.12, No. 41)
Default
Clear CMOS
Note: CLRCMOS1 allows you to clear the data in CMOS. To clear and reset the
system parameters to default setup, please turn off the computer and unplug
the power cord from the power supply. After waiting for 15 seconds, use a
jumper cap to short pin2 and pin3 on CLRCMOS1 for 5 seconds. However,
please do not clear the CMOS right after you update the BIOS. If you need
to clear the CMOS when you just finish updating the BIOS, you must boot
up the system first, and then shut it down before you do the clear-CMOS action. Please be noted that the password, date, time, user default profile, 1394
GUID and MAC address will be cleared only if the CMOS battery is removed.
The Clear CMOS Switch has the same function as the Clear CMOS
jumper.
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2.14 Onboard Headers and Connectors
(SATA3_M0_M1: see p.12, No. 24)
(SATA3_M2_M3: see p.12, No. 23) (SATA3_M4_M5: see p.12, No. 22) SATA2_2
SATA2_3
SATA2_1
SATA3_M1 SATA3_M3 SATA3_M5 SATA3_1
Serial ATA3 Connectors
(SATA3_0_1: see p.12, No. 21)
SATA3_M0 SATA3_M2 SATA3_M4 SATA3_0
Serial ATA2 Connectors
(SATA2_0_1: see p.12, No. 20)
(SATA2_2_3: see p.12, No. 19) SATA2_0
Onboard headers and connectors are NOT jumpers. Do NOT place
jumper caps over these headers and connectors. Placing jumper caps
over the headers and connectors will cause permanent damage of the
motherboard!
These four Serial ATA2 (SATA2) connectors support SATA data cables for internal storage devices. The current SATA2 interface allows up to
3.0 Gb/s data transfer rate.
These eight Serial ATA3 (SATA3) connectors support SATA data cables for internal
storage devices. The current SATA3 interface allows up to
6.0 Gb/s data transfer rate.
Serial ATA (SATA)
Data Cable
(Optional)
Either end of the SATA data cable can be connected to the SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 hard disk or the SATA2 / SATA3
connector on this motherboard.
Serial ATA (SATA)
Power Cable
(Optional)
connect to the SATA
HDD power connector
Please connect the black end of SATA power cable to the power connector on each drive. Then connect the white end of SATA power cable to the power connector of the power supply.
connect to the
power supply
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USB 2.0 Headers
(9-pin USB_8_9)
(see p.12 No. 39)
(9-pin USB_10_11)
USB_PWR
P-9
P+9
GND
DUMMY
1
GND
P+8
P-8
USB_PWR
USB_PWR
P-11
P+11
GND
DUMMY
(see p.12 No. 36)
Besides six default USB 2.0
ports on the I/O panel, there
are three USB 2.0 headers on
this motherboard. Each USB 2.0
header can support two USB
2.0 ports.
1
GND
P+10
P-10
USB_PWR
(9-pin USB_12_13)
(see p.12 No. 34)
USB 3.0 Header
(19-pin USB3_4_5)
(see p.12 No. 18)
Besides two default USB 3.0
ports on the I/O panel, there are
two USB 3.0 headers on this motherboard. Each USB 3.0 header can support two USB
3.0 ports.
(19-pin USB3_6_7)
(see p.12 No. 17)
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Infrared Module Header
(5-pin IR1)
(see p.12 No. 40)
This header supports an
optional wireless transmitting and receiving infrared module.
Consumer Infrared Module Header
(4-pin CIR1)
(see p.12 No. 38)
This header can be used to connect the remote controller receiver.
System Panel Header
(9-pin PANEL1)
(see p.12 No. 32)
This header accommodates
several system front panel functions.
Connect the power switch, reset switch and system status indicator on the
chassis to this header according to the pin assignments below. Note the
positive and negative pins before connecting the cables.
PWRBTN (Power Switch):
Connect to the power switch on the chassis front panel. You may configure
the way to turn off your system using the power switch.
RESET (Reset Switch):
Connect to the reset switch on the chassis front panel. Press the reset
switch to restart the computer if the computer freezes and fails to perform a
normal restart.
PLED (System Power LED):
Connect to the power status indicator on the chassis front panel. The LED
is on when the system is operating. The LED keeps blinking when the system is in S1 sleep state. The LED is off when the system is in S3/S4 sleep
state or powered off (S5).
HDLED (Hard Drive Activity LED):
Connect to the hard drive activity LED on the chassis front panel. The LED
is on when the hard drive is reading or writing data.
The front panel design may differ by chassis. A front panel module mainly
consists of power switch, reset switch, power LED, hard drive activity LED,
speaker and etc. When connecting your chassis front panel module to this
header, make sure the wire assignments and the pin assign-ments are
matched correctly.
Chassis Speaker Header
(4-pin SPEAKER 1)
Please connect the chassis speaker to this header.
(see p.12 No. 33)
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Power LED Header
(3-pin PLED1)
(see p.12 No. 31)
Please connect the chassis
power LED to this header to
indicate system power status. The LED is on when the system is operating. The LED keeps
blinking in S1 state. The LED is off in S3/S4 state or S5 state (power off).
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PLEDPLED+
PLED+
Chassis, Power and SB Fan Connectors
(4-pin CHA_FAN1)
(see p.12 No. 26)
(3-pin CHA_FAN2)
(see p.12 No. 27)
Please connect the fan cables to the fan connectors and match the black wire to the ground pin. CHA_FAN1,
CHA_FAN2 and CHA_FAN3
support FAN control. SB_FAN1
supports Quiet FAN.
(3-pin CHA_FAN3)
(see p.12 No. 29)
(3-pin PWR_FAN1)
(see p.12 No. 1)
(3-pin SB_FAN1)
(see p.12 No. 16)
GND
+12V
SB_FAN_SPEED
CPU Fan Connectors
(4-pin CPU_FAN1)
(see p.12 No. 9)
FAN_SPEED_CONTROL
CPU_FAN_SPEED
+12V
GND
1 2 3 4
Please connect the CPU fan
cable to the connector and
match the black wire to the ground pin.
Though this motherboard provides 4-Pin CPU fan (Quiet Fan) support, the 3-Pin CPU fan still can work successfully even without the fan speed control function. If you plan to connect the 3-Pin CPU fan to the CPU fan connector on this motherboard, please connect it to Pin 1-3. Pin 1-3 Connected
3-Pin Fan Installation
(3-pin CPU_FAN2)
(see p.12 No. 12)
GND
+12V
CPU_FAN_SPEED
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ATX Power Connector
(24-pin ATXPWR1)
12
24
1
13
Please connect an ATX power
supply to this connector.
(see p.12 No. 15)
Though this motherboard provides 24-pin ATX power connector,
it can still work if you adopt a traditional 20-pin ATX power supply.
To use the 20-pin ATX power supply, please plug your
power supply along with Pin 1 and Pin 13.
20-Pin ATX Power Supply Installation
ATX 12V Power Connector
(8-pin ATX12V1)
8
5
(see p.12 No. 6 and 7)
4
1
12
24
1
13
Please connect an ATX 12V power supply to this connector.
Though this motherboard provides 8-pin ATX 12V power connector, it can still work
if you adopt a traditional 4-pin ATX 12V power supply. To use the 4-pin ATX power
supply, please plug your power supply along with Pin 1 and Pin 5.
4-Pin ATX 12V Power Supply Installation
8
5
4
1
SLI/XFIRE Power Connector
(4-pin SLI/XFIRE_PWR1)
(see p.12 No. 50)
SLI/XFIRE_POWER1
It is not necessary to use this
connector, but please connect it
with a hard disk power
connecor when two graphics cards are plugged to this
motherboard.
IEEE 1394 Header
(9-pin FRONT_1394)
(see p.12 No. 43)
Besides one default IEEE 1394 port on the I/O panel, there
is one IEEE 1394 header (FRONT_1394) on this
motherboard. This IEEE 1394 header can support one IEEE 1394 port.
RXTPAM_0
GND
RXTPBM_0
+12V
GND
1
+12V
RXTPBP_0
GND
RXTPAP_0
Serial port Header
(9-pin COM1)
This COM1 header supports a
serial port module.
(see p.12 No. 42)
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The Installation Guide of Front USB 3.0 Panel
Step 1 Prepare the bundled Front USB 3.0 Panel, four Step 2 Screw the 2.5” HDD/SSD to the Front
USB 3.0 Panel with four HDD screws.
HDD screws, and six chassis screws.
Step 3 Intall the Front USB 3.0 Panel into the 2.5”
drive bay of the chassis.
Step 5 Plug the Front USB 3.0 cable into the USB
3.0 header (USB3_4_5 or USB3_6_7) on the
motherboard.
Step 4 Screw the Front USB 3.0 Panel to the
drive bay with six chassis screws.
Step 6 The Front USB 3.0 Panel is ready to use.
The Installation Guide of Rear USB 3.0 Bracket
Step 1 Unscrew the two screws from the Front USB 3.0 Step 2 Put the USB 3.0 cable and the rear
Panel.
USB 3.0 bracket together.
Step 3 Screw the two screws into the rear USB 3.0
bracket.
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Step 4 Put the rear USB 3.0 bracket into the
chassis.
2.15 Smart Switches
The motherboard has three smart switches: power switch, reset switch and clear
CMOS switch, allowing users to quickly turn on/off or reset the sytem clear the
CMOS values.
Power Switch
(PWRBTN)
(see p.12 No. 30)
Power Switch is a smart switch,
allowing users to quickly turn
on/off the system.
Reset Switch
(RSTBTN)
(see p.12 No. 28)
Reset Switch is a smart switch,
allowing users to quickly reset
the system.
Clear CMOS Switch
(CLRCBTN)
(see p.13 No. 9)
Clear CMOS Switch is a smart switch, allowing users to quickly clear the CMOS values.
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2.16 Dr. Debug
Dr. Debug is used to provide code information, which makes troubleshooting even
easier. Please see the diagrams below for reading the Dr. Debug codes.
Status Code 0x00 0x01 0x02 0x03 0x04 0x05 0x06 0x07 0x08 0x09 0x0A 0x0B 0x0C – 0x0D 0x0E 0x0F 0x10 0x11 0x12 0x13 0x14 0x15 0x16 0x17 0x18 0x19 0x1A 0x1B 0x1C 0x1D – 0x2A 0x2B 0x2C 0x2D 0x2E 0x2F 0x30 0x31 0x32 0x33 0x34 0x35 0x36 Description Not used
Power on. Reset type detection (soft/hard)
AP initialization before microcode loading
North Bridge initialization before microcode loading
South Bridge initialization before microcode loading
OEM initialization before microcode loading
Microcode loading
AP initialization after microcode loading
North Bridge initialization after microcode loading
South Bridge initialization after microcode loading
OEM initialization after microcode loading
Cache initialization
Reserved for future AMI SEC error codes
Microcode not found
Microcode not loaded
PEI Core is started
Pre-memory CPU initialization is started
Pre-memory CPU initialization (CPU module specific)
Pre-memory CPU initialization (CPU module specific)
Pre-memory CPU initialization (CPU module specific)
Pre-memory North Bridge initialization is started
Pre-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module specific)
Pre-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module specific)
Pre-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module specific)
Pre-memory South Bridge initialization is started
Pre-memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module specific)
Pre-memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module specific)
Pre-memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module specific)
OEM pre-memory initialization codes
Memory initialization. Serial Presence Detect (SPD) data reading
Memory initialization. Memory presence detection
Memory initialization. Programming memory timing information
Memory initialization. Configuring memory
Memory initialization (other)
Reserved for ASL
Memory Installed
CPU post-memory initialization is started
CPU post-memory initialization. Cache initialization
CPU post-memory initialization. Application Processor(s) (AP) initialization
CPU post-memory initialization. Boot Strap Processor (BSP) selection
CPU post-memory initialization. System Management Mode (SMM) initialization
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0x37 0x38 Post-Memory North Bridge initialization is started
Post-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module specific)
0x39 0x3A 0x3B 0x3C 0x3D 0x3E 0x3F-0x4E 0x4F 0x50 Post-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module specific)
Post-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module specific)
Post-Memory South Bridge initialization is started
Post-Memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module specific)
Post-Memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module specific)
Post-Memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module specific)
OEM post memory initialization codes
DXE IPL is started
Memory initialization error. Invalid memory type or incompatible memory speed
Memory initialization error. SPD reading has failed
Memory initialization error. Invalid memory size or memory modules do not match
Memory initialization error. No usable memory detected
Unspecified memory initialization error
Memory not installed
Invalid CPU type or Speed
CPU mismatch
CPU self test failed or possible CPU cache error
CPU micro-code is not found or micro-code update is failed
Internal CPU error
reset PPI is not available
Reserved for future AMI error codes
S3 Resume is stared (S3 Resume PPI is called by the DXE IPL)
S3 Boot Script execution
Video repost
OS S3 wake vector call
Reserved for future AMI progress codes
S3 Resume Failed
S3 Resume PPI not Found
S3 Resume Boot Script Error
S3 OS Wake Error
Reserved for future AMI error codes
Recovery condition triggered by firmware (Auto recovery)
Recovery condition triggered by user (Forced recovery)
Recovery process started
Recovery firmware image is found
Recovery firmware image is loaded
Reserved for future AMI progress codes
Recovery PPI is not available
Recovery capsule is not found
Invalid recovery capsule
Reserved for future AMI error codes
DXE Core is started
NVRAM initialization
0x51 0x52 0x53 0x54 0x55 0x56 0x57 0x58 0x59 0x5A 0x5B 0x5C-0x5F 0xE0 0xE1 0xE2 0xE3 0xE4-0xE7 0xE8 0xE9 0xEA 0xEB 0xEC-0xEF 0xF0 0xF1 0xF2 0xF3 0xF4 0xF5-0xF7 0xF8 0xF9 0xFA 0xFB – 0xFF 0x60 0x61 56
0x62 0x63 0x64 0x65 0x66 0x67 0x68 0x69 0x6A 0x6B 0x6C 0x6D 0x6E 0x6F 0x70 0x71 0x72 0x73 0x74 0x75 0x76 0x77 0x78 0x79 0x7A – 0x7F 0x80 – 0x8F 0x90 0x91 0x92 0x93 0x94 0x95 0x96 0x97 0x98 0x99 0x9A 0x9B 0x9C 0x9D 0x9E – 0x9F 0xA0 0xA1 0xA2 0xA3 0xA4 0xA5 Installation of the South Bridge Runtime Services
CPU DXE initialization is started
CPU DXE initialization (CPU module specific)
CPU DXE initialization (CPU module specific)
CPU DXE initialization (CPU module specific)
CPU DXE initialization (CPU module specific)
PCI host bridge initialization
North Bridge DXE initialization is started
North Bridge DXE SMM initialization is started
North Bridge DXE initialization (North Bridge module specific)
North Bridge DXE initialization (North Bridge module specific)
North Bridge DXE initialization (North Bridge module specific)
North Bridge DXE initialization (North Bridge module specific)
North Bridge DXE initialization (North Bridge module specific)
South Bridge DXE initialization is started
South Bridge DXE SMM initialization is started
South Bridge devices initialization
South Bridge DXE Initialization (South Bridge module specific)
South Bridge DXE Initialization (South Bridge module specific)
South Bridge DXE Initialization (South Bridge module specific)
South Bridge DXE Initialization (South Bridge module specific)
South Bridge DXE Initialization (South Bridge module specific)
ACPI module initialization
CSM initialization
Reserved for future AMI DXE codes
OEM DXE initialization codes
Boot Device Selection (BDS) phase is started
Driver connecting is started
PCI Bus initialization is started
PCI Bus Hot Plug Controller Initialization
PCI Bus Enumeration
PCI Bus Request Resources
PCI Bus Assign Resources
Console Output devices connect
Console input devices connect
Super IO Initialization
USB initialization is started
USB Reset
USB Detect
USB Enable
Reserved for future AMI codes
IDE initialization is started
IDE Reset
IDE Detect
IDE Enable
SCSI initialization is started
SCSI Reset
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0xA6 0xA7 0xA8 0xA9 0xAA 0xAB 0xAC 0xAD 0xAE 0xAF 0xB0 0xB1 0xB2 0xB3 0xB4 0xB5 0xB6 0xB7 0xB8 – 0xBF 0xC0 – 0xCF 0xD0 0xD1 0xD2 0xD3 0xD4 0xD5 0xD6 0xD7 0xD8 0xD9 0xDA 0xDB 0xDC SCSI Detect
SCSI Enable
Setup Verifying Password
Start of Setup
Reserved for ASL (see ASL Status Codes section below)
Setup Input Wait
Reserved for ASL (see ASL Status Codes section below)
Ready To Boot event
Legacy Boot event
Exit Boot Services event
Runtime Set Virtual Address MAP Begin
Runtime Set Virtual Address MAP End
Legacy Option ROM Initialization
System Reset
USB hot plug
PCI bus hot plug
Clean-up of NVRAM
Configuration Reset (reset of NVRAM settings)
Reserved for future AMI codes
OEM BDS initialization codes
CPU initialization error
North Bridge initialization error
South Bridge initialization error
Some of the Architectural Protocols are not available
PCI resource allocation error. Out of Resources
No Space for Legacy Option ROM
No Console Output Devices are found
No Console Input Devices are found
Invalid password
Error loading Boot Option (LoadImage returned error)
Boot Option is failed (StartImage returned error)
Flash update is failed
Reset protocol is not available
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2.17 Serial ATA (SATA) / Serial ATA2 (SATA2) Hard Disks Installation
This motherboard adopts Intel® X79 chipset that supports Serial ATA (SATA) / Serial
ATA2 (SATA2) hard disks and RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 and Intel
Rapid Storage 3.0) functions. You may install SATA / SATA2 hard disks on this
motherboard for internal storage devices. This section will guide you to install the
SATA / SATA2 hard disks.
STEP 1: Install the SATA / SATA2 hard disks into the drive bays of your chassis.
STEP 2: Connect the SATA power cable to the SATA / SATA2 hard disk.
STEP 3: Connect one end of the SATA data cable to the motherboard’s SATA2 connector.
STEP 4: Connect the other end of the SATA data cable to the SATA / SATA2 hard
disk.
2.18 Serial ATA3 (SATA3) Hard Disks Installation
This motherboard adopts Intel® X79 chipset that supports Serial ATA3 (SATA3) hard
disks and RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 and Intel Rapid Storage 3.0)
functions for SATA3_0 and SATA3_1 connectors. Marvell SE9220 chipset supports Serial ATA3 (SATA3) hard disks and RAID (RAID 0 and RAID 1) functions for
SATA3_M0 and SATA3_M1 connectors. And 2 x Marvell SE9172 chipsets support
Serial ATA3 (SATA3) hard disks and RAID (RAID 0 and RAID 1) for SATA3_M2,
SATA3_M3, SATA3_M4 and SATA3_M5 connectors. You may install SATA3 hard
disks on this motherboard for internal storage devices. This section will guide you to
install the SATA3 hard disks.
STEP 1: Install the SATA3 hard disks into the drive bays of your chassis.
STEP 2: Connect the SATA power cable to the SATA3 hard disk.
STEP 3: Connect one end of the SATA data cable to the motherboard’s SATA3 connector.
STEP 4: Connect the other end of the SATA data cable to the SATA3 hard disk.
1. RAID functions cannot be used on the SATA3 ports with
different chipsets.
2. If you want to use RAID functions on Marvell SE9172 SATA3
ports, please configure RAID on either SATA3_M2+M3 ports or
SATA3_M4+M5 ports.
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2.19 Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for SATA / SATA2 HDDs
This motherboard supports Hot Plug and Hot Swap functions for SATA / SATA2 in
RAID / AHCI mode. Intel® X79 chipset provides hardware support for Advanced Host
controller Interface (AHCI), a new programming interface for SATA host controllers
developed through a joint industry effort.
NOTE
What is Hot Plug Function?
If the SATA / SATA2 HDDs are NOT set for RAID configuration, it is called “Hot
Plug” for the action to insert and remove the SATA / SATA2 HDDs while the
system is still power-on and in working condition.
However, please note that it cannot perform Hot Plug if the OS has been
installed into the SATA / SATA2 HDD.
What is Hot Swap Function?
If SATA / SATA2 HDDs are built as RAID 1 or RAID 5 then it is called “Hot
Swap” for the action to insert and remove the SATA / SATA2 HDDs while the
system is still power-on and in working condition.
2.20 Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for SATA3 HDDs
This motherboard supports Hot Plug and Hot Swap functions for SATA3 in
RAID / AHCI mode. Intel® X79, Marvell SE9220 and Marvell SE9172 chipsets
provide hardware support for Advanced Host controller Interface (AHCI), a new
programming interface for SATA host controllers developed through a joint industry
effort.
NOTE
What is Hot Plug Function?
If the SATA3 HDDs are NOT set for RAID configuration, it is called “Hot
Plug” for the action to insert and remove the SATA3 HDDs while the system
is still power-on and in working condition.
However, please note that it cannot perform Hot Plug if the OS has been
installed into the SATA3 HDD.
What is Hot Swap Function?
If SATA3 HDDs are built as RAID 1 or RAID 5 then it is called “Hot Swap”
for the action to insert and remove the SATA3 HDDs while the system is still
power-on and in working condition.
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2.21 SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDD Hot Plug Feature and Operation
Guide
This motherboard supports Hot Plug feature for SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDD in
RAID / AHCI mode. Please read below operation guide of Hot Plug feature carefully.
Before you process the SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDD Hot Plug, please check below
cable accessories from the motherboard gift box pack.
A. 7-pin SATA data cable
B. SATA power cable with SATA 15-pin power connector interface
A. SATA data cable (Red)
SATA 7-pin
connector
B. SATA power cable
The SATA 15-pin power
connector (Black) connect
to SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDD
1x4-pin conventional
power connector (White)
connect to power supply
Caution
1. Without SATA 15-pin power connector interface, the SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 Hot Plug cannot be processed.
2. Even some SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDDs provide both SATA 15-pin power connector and IDE 1x4-pin conventional power connector interfaces, the IDE 1x4-pin conventional power connector interface is definitely not able to support Hot Plug and will cause the HDD damage and data loss.
Points of attention, before you process the Hot Plug:
1. Below operation procedure is designed only for our motherboard, which supports SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDD Hot Plug.
* The SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 Hot Plug feature might not be supported by the chipset because of its limitation, the SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 Hot Plug support information of our motherboard is indicated in the product spec on our website: www.asrock.com
2. Make sure your SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDD can support Hot Plug function from your dealer or HDD user manual. The SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDD, which cannot support Hot Plug function, will be damaged under the Hot Plug operation.
3. Please make sure the SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 driver is installed into system properly. The latest SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 driver is available on our support website: www.asrock.com
4. Make sure to use the SATA power cable & data cable, which are from our motherboard package.
5. Please follow below instructions step by step to reduce the risk of HDD crash or data loss.
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How to Hot Plug a SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDD:
Points of attention, before you process the Hot Plug:
Please do follow below instruction sequence to process the Hot Plug, improper
procedure will cause the SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDD damage and data loss.
Step 1 Please connect SATA power cable 1x4pin end (White) to the power supply
1x4-pin cable.
Step 2 Connect SATA data cable to the
motherboard’s SATA2 / SATA3
connector.
SATA power cable 1x4-pin
power connector (White)
Step 3 Connect SATA 15-pin power cable
connector (Black) end to SATA / SATA2
/ SATA3 HDD.
Step 4 Connect SATA data cable to
the SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDD.
How to Hot Unplug a SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDD:
Points of attention, before you process the Hot Unplug:
Please do follow below instruction sequence to process the Hot Unplug, improper
procedure will cause the SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDD damage and data loss.
Step 1 Unplug SATA data cable from SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDD side.
Step 2 Unplug SATA 15-pin power cable connector (Black) from SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDD side.
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2.22 Driver Installation Guide
To install the drivers to your system, please insert the support CD to your optical
drive first. Then, the drivers compatible to your system can be auto-detected and
listed on the support CD driver page. Please follow the order from up to bottom side
to install those required drivers. Therefore, the drivers you install can work properly.
2.23 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit With RAID Functions
RAID mode is not supported under Windows® XP / XP 64-bit.
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on Intel®
SATA2 / SATA3 ports with RAID functions, please follow below steps.
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [RAID] for Intel® SATA2 / SATA3 ports.
Set the option “Marvell SATA3 Bootable“ to [Yes] for Marvell SATA3 ports.
STEP 2: Use “RAID Installation Guide” to set RAID configuration.
Before you start to configure the RAID function, you need to check the installation
guide in the Support CD for proper configuration. Please refer to the document in
the Support CD, “Guide to SATA Hard Disks Installation and RAID Configuration”,
which is located in the folder at the following path:
.. \ RAID Installation Guide
STEP 3: Install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your
system. The optical drive should be installed on an non Intel® SATA2
/ SATA3 port.
Insert the Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit optical disk into the optical
drive to boot your system, and follow the instruction to install OS on your system.
When you see “Where do you want to install Windows?” page, please insert our
Support CD to your system, and click the “Load Driver” button to load Intel® RAID
drivers. Intel® RAID drivers are located in the following path of our Support CD:
32 bit: ..\i386\Win7_Vista_Intel_v3.0.0.1112
64-bit: ..\AMD64\Win7-64_Vista64_Intel_v3.0.0.1112
After that, please insert Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit optical disk
into the optical drive again to continue the OS installation.
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After the installation of Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS, if you want to
manage RAID functions, you are allowed to use both “RAID Installation Guide” and “Intel
Rapid Storage Information” for RAID configuration. Please refer to the document in the
Support CD, “Guide to SATA Hard Disks Installation and RAID Configuration”, which is located in the folder at the following path: .. \ RAID Installation Guide and the document in
the support CD, “Guide to Intel Rapid Storage”, which is located in the folder at the following path: .. \ Intel Rapid Storage Information
If you want to make the USB flash driver disk, please copy above
Intel® RAID drivers from our Support CD to your USB flash, and
then load drivers from the USB flash disk.
2.24 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP /
XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64bit OS on your SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDDs without RAID functions, please follow
below procedures according to the OS you install.
2.24.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your SATA / SATA2 / SATA3
HDDs without RAID functions, please follow below steps.
AHCI mode is not supported under Windows® XP / XP 64-bit.
Using SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDDs without NCQ function
STEP 1: Set Up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [IDE] for SATA3_0 and SATA3_1 ports.
Set the option “Marvell SATA3 Operation Mode” to [IDE] for SATA3_M0 to
SATA3_M5 ports.
STEP 2: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.
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2.24.2 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit Without RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your SATA
/ SATA2 / SATA3 HDDs without RAID functions, please follow below steps.
Using SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDDs with NCQ function
STEP 1: Set Up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [AHCI] for SATA3_0 and SATA3_1 ports.
Set the option “Marvell SATA3 Operation Mode” to [AHCI] for SATA3_M0 to
SATA3_M5 ports.
STEP 2: Install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your
system.
Using SATA / SATA2 / SATA3 HDDs without NCQ function
STEP 1: Set Up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [IDE] for SATA3_0 and SATA3_1 ports.
Set the option “Marvell SATA3 Operation Mode” to [IDE] for SATA3_M0 to
SATA3_M5 ports.
STEP 2: Install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your
system.
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2.25
Teaming Function Operation Guide
Dual LAN with Teaming function enabled on this motherboard allows two single
connections to act as one single connection for twice the transmission bandwidth,
making data transmission more effective and improving the quality of transmission
of distant images. Fault tolerance on the dual LAN network prevents network
downtime by transferring the workload from a failed port to a working port.
The speed of transmission is subject to the actual network environment or status even with Teaming enabled.
Before setting up Teaming function, please make sure if your Switch (or Router)
could support Teaming (IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation) function. Then, please
refer to following steps to set up Teaming function.
1. Install Teaming driver from the following path of motherboard Support CD:
32-bit: .. \Drivers\LAN\Broadcom\Win7-64_Win7_Vista64_Vista_XP64_
XP(v14.8.4.1)\BACS\IA32
64-bit: .. \Drivers\LAN\Broadcom\Win7-64_Win7_Vista64_Vista_XP64_
XP(v14.8.4.1)\BACS\x64
(This is a special driver for Teaming function only. If you don't want to use Teaming, please install the LAN driver provided by our support CD link.)
2. From the Teams menu, select Create Team, or right-click one of the devices in
the “Unassigned Adapters” section and select Create a Team. This option is not
available if there are no devices listed in the “Unassigned Adapters” sections,
which means all adapters are already assigned to teams.
3. Click Expert Mode.
* If you want to always use Expert Mode to create a team, click Default to Expert
Mode on next start.
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4. Click the Create Team tab.
* The Create Team tab appears only if there are teamable adapters available.
5. Click the Team Name field to enter a team name.
6. Click the Team Type field to select a team type.
7. Assign any available adapter or adapters to the team by selecting the adapter
from the Load Balance Members list. There must be at least one adapter
selected in the Load Balance Members list.
8. You can assign any other available adapter to be a standby member by selecting
it from the Standby Member list.
* There must be at least one Broadcom network adapter assigned to the team.
The Large Send Offload (LSO), Checksum Offload (CO), and RSS indicate if
the LSO, CO, and/or RSS properties are supported for the team. The LSO, CO,
and RSS properties are enabled for a team only when all of the members
support and are configured for the feature.
* Adding a network adapter to a team where its driver is disabled may negatively
affect the offloading capabilities of the team. This may have an impact on the team’s performance. Therefore, it is recommended that only driver-enabled
network adapters be added as members to a team.
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9. Type the value for Team MTU.
10. Click Create to save the team information.
11. Repeat steps 5. through 10. to define additional teams. As teams are defined,
they can be selected from the team list, but they have not yet been created.
Click the Preview tab to view the team structure before applying the changes.
12. Click Apply/Exit to create all the teams you have defined and exit the Manage
Teams window.
13. Click Yes when the message is displayed indicating that the network connection will be temporarily interrupted.
* The team name cannot exceed 39 characters, cannot begin with spaces, and cannot contain any of the following characters: & \ / : * ? < > |
* Team names must be unique. If you attempt to use a team name more than once, an error message is displayed indicating that the name already exists.
* The maximum number of team members is 8.
* When team configuration has been correctly performed, a virtual team adapter driver is created for each configured team.
* If you disable a virtual team and later want to reenable it, you must first disable
and reenable all team members before you reenable the virtual team.
* When you create Generic Trunking and Link Aggregation teams, you cannot
designate a standby member. Standby members work only with Smart Load Balancing and Failover and SLB (Auto-Fallback Disable) types of teams.
* For an SLB (Auto-Fallback Disable) team, to restore traffic to the load balance members from the standby member, click the Fallback button on the Team Properties tab.
* When configuring an SLB team, although connecting team members to a hub
is supported for testing, it is recommended to connect team members to a
switch.
* Not all network adapters made by others are supported or fully certified for
teaming.
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14. Configure the team IP address.
a. From Control Panel, double-click Network Connections.
b. Right-click the name of the team to be configured, and then click Properties.
c. On the General tab, click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and then click Properties.
d. Configure the IP address and any other necessary TCP/IP configuration for the team, and then click OK when finished.
2.26 Untied Overclocking Technology
This motherboard supports Untied Overclocking Technology, which means during
overclocking, BCLK enjoys better margin due to fixed PCIE buses. Before you
enable Untied Overclocking function, please enter “Overclock Mode” option of UEFI
setup to set the selection from [Auto] to [Manual]. Therefore, BCLK is untied during
overclocking, but PCIE buses are in the fixed mode so that BCLK can operate under
a more stable overclocking environment.
Please refer to the warning on page 9 for the possible overclocking risk before you apply Untied Overclocking Technology.
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Chapter 3: UEFI SETUP UTILITY
3.1 Introduction
This section explains how to use the UEFI SETUP UTILITY to configure your
system. The UEFI chip on the motherboard stores the UEFI SETUP UTILITY. You
may run the UEFI SETUP UTILITY when you start up the computer. Please press
<F2> or <Del> during the Power-On-Self-Test (POST) to enter the UEFI SETUP
UTILITY, otherwise, POST will continue with its test routines.
If you wish to enter the UEFI SETUP UTILITY after POST, restart the system by
pressing <Ctl> + <Alt> + <Delete>, or by pressing the reset button on the system
chassis. You may also restart by turning the system off and then back on.
Because the UEFI software is constantly being updated, the
following UEFI setup screens and descriptions are for reference
purpose only, and they may not exactly match what you see on
your screen.
3.1.1 UEFI Menu Bar
The top of the screen has a menu bar with the following selections:
Main
To set up the system time/date information
OC Tweaker To set up overclocking features
Advanced To set up the advanced UEFI features
H/W Monitor To display current hardware status
Boot
To set up the default system device to locate and load the
Operating System
Security
To set up the security features
Exit
To exit the current screen or the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Use <
> key or <
> key to choose among the selections on the menu
bar, and then press <Enter> to get into the sub screen. You can also use the
mouse to click your required item.
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3.1.2 Navigation Keys
Please check the following table for the function description of each navigation
key.
Navigation Key(s)
Function Description
/
Moves cursor left or right to select Screens
/ Moves cursor up or down to select items
+ / -
To change option for the selected items
<Enter>
To bring up the selected screen
<F1>
To display the General Help Screen
<F9>
To load optimal default values for all the settings
<F10>
To save changes and exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
<ESC>
To jump to the Exit Screen or exit the current screen
3.2 Main Screen
When you enter the UEFI SETUP UTILITY, the Main screen will appear and display
the system overview.
System Browser
System Browser can let you easily check your current system
configuration in UEFI setup.
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3.3 OC Tweaker Screen
In the OC Tweaker screen, you can set up overclocking features.
Load CPU EZ OC Setting
You can use this option to load CPU EZ overclocking settings. Please note
that overclocking may cause damage to your CPU and motherboard. It
should be done at your own risk and expense.
CPU Control
CPU Ratio Setting
Use this item to change the ratio value of this motherboard.
Internal PLL Overvoltage
Use this item to enable/disable CPU Internal PLL Overvoltage Function.
OS Real-Time Adjust CPU Ratio
Use this item to enable/disable Real-Time Adjust CPU Ratio in OS level.
Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel SpeedStep technology is Intel’s new power saving technology. Processor can switch between multiple frequency and voltage points to enable power savings. The default value is [Enabled]. Configuration options:
[Enabled] and [Disabled]. If you install Windows® VistaTM / 7 and want to
enable this function, please set this item to [Enabled]. This item will be hidden if the current CPU does not support Intel SpeedStep technology.
Please note that enabling this function may reduce CPU voltage and lead to system
stability or compatibility issue with some power supplies. Please set this item to
[Disable] if above issue occurs.
Intel Turbo Mode Technology
Use this item to enable or disable Intel Turbo Boost Mode Technology.
Turbo Boost Mode allows processor cores to run faster than marked frequency in specific conditions. The default value is [Enabled].
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Turbo Boost Power Limit
Use this item to adjust Turbo Boost power limit. Configuration options: [Auto]
and [Manual]. The default value is [Auto].
Core Current Limit
Use this item to add voltage when CPU is in Turbo mode.
Additional Turbo Voltage
Use this item to add voltage when CPU is in Turbo mode.
Active Processor Cores
Use this item to select the number of cores to enable in each processor
package. The default value is [All].
Host Clock Override (BCLK)
Use this to adjust the host clock (BCLK) frequency. Min: 90MHz, Max:
300MHz.
DRAM Timing Control
Load XMP Setting
Use this to load XMP setting. Configuration options: [Auto], [Default], [Profile
1] and [Profile 2]. The default value is [Auto].
DRAM Frequency
If [Auto] is selected, the motherboard will detect the memory module(s)
inserted and assigns appropriate frequency automatically.
DRAM Timing Control
DRAM tCL
Use this item to change CAS# Latency (tCL) Auto/Manual setting. The
default is [Auto].
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DRAM tRCD
Use this item to change RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
DRAM tRP
Use this item to change Row Precharge Time (tRP) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
DRAM tRAS
Use this item to change RAS# Active Time (tRAS) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
DRAM tRFC
Use this item to change Refresh Cyle Time (tRFC) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
DRAM tWR
Use this item to change Write Recovery Time (tWR) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
DRAM tWTR
Use this item to change Write to Read Delay (tWTR) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
DRAM tRRD
Use this item to change RAS to RAS Delay (tRRD) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
DRAM tRTP
Use this item to change Read to Precharge (tRTP) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
DRAM tFAW
Use this item to change Four Activate Window (tFAW) Auto/Manual setting. The default is [Auto].
DRAM tCWL
Use this item to change CAS# Write Latency (tCWL) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Command Rate (CR)
Use this item to change Command Rate (CR) Auto/Manual setting. Min:
1N. Max: 3N. The default is [Auto].
DRAM Power Down Mode
Use this item to adjust DDR power down mode. Configuration options:
[Auto], [Slow] and [Fast]. The default value is [Fast].
ODT WR (CH A)
Use this item to change ODT WR (CH A) Auto/60/120 setting. The default
is [Auto].
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ODT NOM (CH A)
Use this item to change ODT NOM (CH A) Auto/20/30/40/60/120 setting.
The default is [Auto].
ODT WR (CH B)
Use this item to change ODT WR (CH B) Auto/60/120 setting. The default
is [Auto].
ODT NOM (CH B)
Use this item to change ODT NOM (CH B) Auto/20/30/40/60/120 setting. The default is [Auto].
ODT WR (CH C)
Use this item to change ODT WR (CH C) Auto/60/120 setting. The
default is [Auto].
ODT NOM (CH C)
Use this item to change ODT NOM (CH C) Auto/20/30/40/60/120 setting. The default is [Auto].
ODT WR (CH D)
Use this item to change ODT WR (CH D) Auto/60/120 setting. The
default is [Auto].
ODT NOM (CH D)
Use this item to change ODT NOM (CH D) Auto/20/30/40/60/120 setting.
The default is [Auto].
Memory Power Savings Mode
Use this item to configure Memory Power Savings Mode. The default value is [Auto].
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Voltage Control
Voltage Configuration
CPU Core Voltage
Use this to select CPU Core Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
CPU Load-Line Calibration
CPU Load-Line Calibration helps prevent CPU voltage droop when the
system is under heavy load.
VCCSA Voltage
Use this to select VCCSA Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
DRAM Voltage
Use this to select DRAM Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
VTT Voltage
Use this to select VTT Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
CPU PLL Voltage
Use this to select CPU PLL Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
PCH 1.1V Voltage
Use this to select PCH 1.1V Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
PCH 1.5V Voltage
Use this to select PCH 1.5V Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
Load Power Saving Mode
Use this option to load Power Saving Mode settings.
User Default
In this option, you are allowed to load and save three user defaults
according to your own requirements.
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3.4 Advanced Screen
In this section, you may set the configurations for the following items: CPU Configuration, North Bridge Configuration, South Bridge Configuration, Storage Configuration, Super IO Configuration, ACPI Configuration, USB Configuration and ME Subsystem.
Setting wrong values in this section may cause
the system to malfunction.
Instant Flash
Instant Flash is a UEFI flash utility embedded in Flash ROM. This convenient UEFI update tool allows you to update system UEFI without entering
operating systems first like MS-DOS or Windows®. Just launch this tool
and save the new UEFI file to your USB flash drive, floppy disk or hard
drive, then you can update your UEFI only in a few clicks without preparing an additional floppy diskette or other complicated flash utility. Please
be noted that the USB flash drive or hard drive must use FAT32/16/12 file
system. If you execute Instant Flash utility, the utility will show the UEFI
files and their respective information. Select the proper UEFI file to update your UEFI, and reboot your system after UEFI update process com-
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3.4.1 CPU Configuration
CPU Ratio Setting
Use this item to change the ratio value of this motherboard.
Intel Hyper Threading Technology
To enable this feature, it requires a computer system with an Intel
processor that supports Hyper-Threading technology and an operating
system that includes optimization for this technology, such as Microsoft®
Windows® XP / VistaTM / 7. Set to [Enabled] if using Microsoft® Windows®
XP, VistaTM, 7, or Linux kernel version 2.4.18 or higher. This option will be
hidden if the installed CPU does not support Hyper-Threading technology.
Active Processor Cores
Use this item to select the number of cores to enable in each processor
package. The default value is [All].
No-Excute Memory Protection
No-Execution (NX) Memory Protection Technology is an enhancement
to the IA-32 Intel Architecture. An IA-32 processor with “No Execute (NX)
Memory Protection” can prevent data pages from being used by malicious
software to execute code. This option will be hidden if the current CPU
does not support No-Excute Memory Protection.
Hardware Prefetcher
Use this item to turn on/off the MLC streamer prefetcher.
Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch
Use this item to turn on/off prefetching of adjacent cache lines.
Intel Virtualization Technology
When this option is set to [Enabled], a VMM (Virtual Machine Architecture) can utilize the additional hardware capabilities provided by Vanderpool Technology. This option will be hidden if the installed CPU does not
support Intel Virtualization Technology.
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CPU Power Management Configuration
Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel SpeedStep technology is Intel’s new power saving technology. Processor can switch between multiple frequency and voltage points to enable power savings. The default value is [Enabled]. Configuration options:
[Enabled] and [Disabled]. If you install Windows® VistaTM / 7 and want to
enable this function, please set this item to [Enabled]. This item will be hidden if the current CPU does not support Intel SpeedStep technology.
Please note that enabling this function may reduce CPU voltage and lead to system
stability or compatibility issue with some power supplies. Please set this item to
[Disable] if above issue occurs.
Intel Turbo Mode Technology
Use this item to enable or disable Intel Turbo Boost Mode Technology.
Turbo Boost Mode allows processor cores to run faster than marked frequency in specific conditions. The default value is [Enabled].
CPU Thermal Throttling
You may select [Enabled] to enable CPU internal thermal control
mechanism to keep the CPU from overheated.
Enhance Halt State (C1E)
All processors support the Halt State (C1). The C1 state is supported through the native processor instructions HLT and MWAIT and requires no hardware support from the chipset. In the C1 power state, the processor maintains the context of the system caches.
CPU C3 State Support
Use this to enable or disable CPU C3 (ACPI C2) report to OS.
CPU C6 State Support
Use this to enable or disable CPU C6 (ACPI C3) report to OS.
Package C State Support
Selected option will program into C State package limit register. The
default value is [Disabled].
Internal PLL Overvoltage
Use this item to enable/disable CPU Internal PLL Overvoltage Function.
OS Real-Time Adjust CPU Ratio
Use this item to enable/disable Real-Time Adjust CPU Ratio in OS level.
Turbo Boost Power Limit
Use this item to adjust Turbo Boost power limit. Configuration options: [Auto]
and [Manual]. The default value is [Auto].
Core Current Limit
Use this item to add voltage when CPU is in Turbo mode.
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3.4.2 North Bridge Configuration
Primary Graphics Adapter
This allows you to select the boot graphic adapter priority. The default
value is [PCI Express].
PCIE 1 & PCIE 2 Link Speed
This allows you to select PCIE 1 & PCIE 2 Link Speed. The default value
is [GEN2].
PCIE 4 & PCIE 6 Link Speed
This allows you to select PCIE 4 & PCIE 6 Link Speed. The default value
is [GEN2].
PCIE 5 Link Speed
This allows you to select PCIE 5 Link Speed. The default value is [GEN2].
PCIE 5 Link Width
This allows you to select PCIE 5 Link Width. The default value is [x8].
Intel(R) VT for Directed I/O Configuration
Intel(R) VT-d
Use this item to enable/disable Intel(R) Virtualization Technology for
Directed I/O.
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3.4.3 South Bridge Configuration
Restore on AC/Power Loss
This allows you to set the power state after an unexpected AC/power loss.
If [Power Off] is selected, the AC/power remains off when the power recovers. If [Power On] is selected, the AC/power resumes and the
system starts to boot up when the power recovers.
Deep Sx
Mobile platforms support Deep S4/S5 in DC only and desktop platforms
support Deep S4/S5 in AC only. Configuration options: [Disabled], [Enabled
in S5] and [Enabled in S4 and S5]. The default value is [Disabled].
Onboard LAN 1
This allows you to enable or disable the “Onboard LAN 1” feature.
Onboard LAN 2
This allows you to enable or disable the “Onboard LAN 2” feature.
Onboard HD Audio
Select [Auto], [Enabled] or [Disabled] for the onboard HD Audio feature. If
you select [Auto], the onboard HD Audio will be disabled when PCI Sound
Card is plugged.
Front Panel
Select [Auto] or [Disabled] for the onboard HD Audio Front Panel.
Game Blaster LED
Use this item to enable or disable Game Blaster LED.
ACPI HPET Table
Use this item to enable or disable ACPI HPET Table. The default value is
[Enabled]. Please set this option to [Enabled] if you plan to use this
motherboard to submit Windows® VistaTM certification.
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Good Night LED
Use this item to enable or disable Power LED and Lan LED.
Onboard Debug Port LED
Use this item to enable or disable Onboard Debug Port LED.
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3.4.4 Storage Configuration
SATA Mode
This item is for SATA2_0 to SATA2_3, SATA3_0 and SATA3_1 ports.
Use this to select SATA mode. Configuration options: [IDE Mode], [AHCI
Mode], [RAID Mode] and [Disabled]. The default value is [AHCI Mode].
AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) supports NCQ and other
new features that will improve SATA disk performance but IDE mode
does not have these advantages.
Aggressive Link Power Management
Use this item to configure Aggressive Link Power Management.
Marvell SATA3 Operation Mode
This item is for SATA3_M0 to SATA3_M5 ports. Use this to select Marvell
SATA3 operation mode. Configuration options: [IDE Mode], [AHCI Mode],
[RAID Mode] and [Disabled]. The default value is [AHCI Mode].
Marvell SATA3 Bootable
Use this to enable or disable Onboard Marvell SATA3 Option ROM. If
Option ROM is disabled, UEFI cannot use the SATA device to connect to
Marvell SATA3 controller as Boot Device.
Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T.
Use this item to enable or disable the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) feature. Configuration options: [Disabled] and
[Enabled].
We recommend to use Intel® X79 SATA ports (SATA2_0 to SATA2_3,
SATA3_0 and SATA3_1) for your bootable devices. This will minimum
your boot time and get the best performance. But if you still want to
boot from Marvell SATA3 controller, you can still enable this in UEFI.
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3.4.5 Super IO Configuration
Serial Port
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard serial port.
Serial Port Address
Use this item to set the address for the onboard serial port. Configuration
options: [3F8h / IRQ4] and [3E8h / IRQ4].
Infrared Port
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard infrared port.
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3.4.6 ACPI Configuration
Suspend to RAM
Use this item to select whether to auto-detect or disable the Suspend-toRAM feature. Select [Auto] will enable this feature if the OS supports it.
Check Ready Bit
Use this item to enable or disable the feature Check Ready Bit.
PS/2 Keyboard Power On
Use this item to enable or disable PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system
from the power-soft-off mode.
PCI Devices Power On
Use this item to enable or disable PCI devices to turn on the system from
the power-soft-off mode.
Ring-In Power On
Use this item to enable or disable Ring-In signals to turn on the system
from the power-soft-off mode.
RTC Alarm Power On
Use this item to enable or disable RTC (Real Time Clock) to power on the
system.
USB Keyboard/Remote Power On
Use this item to enable or disable USB Keyboard/Remote to turn on the
system from the power-soft-off mode.
USB Mouse Power On
Use this item to enable or disable USB Mouse to turn on the system from
the power-soft-off mode.
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3.4.7 USB Configuration
USB 2.0 Controller
Use this item to enable or disable the use of USB 2.0 controller.
USB 3.0 Controller
Use this item to enable or disable the use of USB 3.0 controller.
Legacy USB Support
Use this option to select legacy support for USB devices. There are four
configuration options: [Enabled], [Auto], [Disabled] and [UEFI Setup Only].
The default value is [Enabled]. Please refer to below descriptions for the
details of these four options:
[Enabled] - Enables support for legacy USB.
[Auto] - Enables legacy support if USB devices are connected.
[Disabled] - USB devices are not allowed to use under legacy OS and
UEFI setup when [Disabled] is selected. If you have USB compatibility issue, it is recommended to select [Disabled] to enter OS.
[UEFI Setup Only] - USB devices are allowed to use only under UEFI
setup and Windows / Linux OS.
Legacy USB 3.0 Support
Use this option to enable or disable legacy support for USB 3.0 devices.
The default value is [Enabled].
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3.4.8 ME Subsystem
Intel ME Subsystem Configuration
ME Version
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3.5 Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen
In this section, it allows you to monitor the status of the hardware on your system,
including the parameters of the CPU temperature, motherboard temperature, CPU
fan speed, chassis fan speed, and the critical voltage.
CPU Fan 1 & 2 Setting
This allows you to set the CPU fan 1 & 2 speed. Configuration options: [Full
On] and [Automatic Mode]. The default is value [Full On].
Chassis Fan 1 Setting
This allows you to set the chassis fan 1 speed. Configuration options:
[Full On], [Automatic Mode] and [Manual]. The default is value [Full On].
Chassis Fan 2 Setting
This allows you to set the chassis fan 2 speed. Configuration options:
[Level 1] to [Level 4]. The default is value [Level 4].
Chassis Fan 3 Setting
This allows you to set the chassis fan 3 speed. Configuration options:
[Level 1] to [Level 4]. The default is value [Level 4].
SB Fan 1 Setting
This allows you to set the SB fan 1 speed. Configuration options: [Full On]
and [Automatic mode]. The default value is [Automatic mode].
Target SB Temperature
This allows you to set the target temperature to activate ASRock X-FAN.
The default value is [50oC/122oF].
Target Fan Speed
This allows you to set the target fan speed. The default value is [Level 1]
(ASRock X-FAN deactivated).
Over Temperature Protection
Use this to enable or disable Over Temperature Protection. The default
value is [Enabled].
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3.6 Boot Screen
In this section, it will display the available devices on your system for you to configure the boot settings and the boot priority.
Setup Prompt Timeout
This shows the number of seconds to wait for setup activation key.
65535(0XFFFF) means indefinite waiting.
Bootup Num-Lock
If this item is set to [On], it will automatically activate the Numeric Lock
function after boot-up.
PCI ROM Priority
Use this item to adjust PCI ROM Priority. The default value is [Legacy
ROM].
Full Screen Logo
Use this item to enable or disable OEM Logo. The default value is
[Enabled].
AddOn ROM Display
Use this option to adjust AddOn ROM Display. If you enable the option
“Full Screen Logo” but you want to see the AddOn ROM information
when the system boots, please select [Enabled]. Configuration options:
[Enabled] and [Disabled]. The default value is [Enabled].
Boot From Onboard LAN
Use this item to enable or disable the Boot From Onboard LAN feature.
Boot Failure Guard
Enable or disable the feature of Boot Failure Guard.
Boot Failure Guard Count
Enable or disable the feature of Boot Failure Guard Count.
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3.7 Security Screen
In this section, you may set or change the supervisor/user password for the system.
For the user password, you may also clear it.
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3.8 Exit Screen
Save Changes and Exit
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Save
configuration changes and exit setup?” Select [Yes] to save the changes
and exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY.
Discard Changes and Exit
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Discard
changes and exit setup?” Select [Yes] to exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
without saving any changes.
Discard Changes
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Discard
changes?” Select [Yes] to discard all changes.
Load UEFI Defaults
Load UEFI default values for all the setup questions. F9 key can be used
for this operation.
Launch EFI Shell from filesystem device
Attempts to Launch EFI Shell application (Shell64.efi) from one of the
available filesystem devices.
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Chapter 4: Software Support
4.1 Install Operating System
This motherboard supports various Microsoft® Windows® operating systems: 7 / 7
64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit. Because motherboard settings and
hardware options vary, use the setup procedures in this chapter for general reference only. Refer to your OS documentation for more information.
4.2 Support CD Information
The Support CD that came with the motherboard contains necessary drivers and
useful utilities that enhance the motherboard features.
4.2.1 Running The Support CD
To begin using the support CD, insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive. The
CD automatically displays the Main Menu if “AUTORUN” is enabled in your
computer. If the Main Menu did not appear automatically, locate and double
click on the file “ASSETUP.EXE” from the BIN folder in the Support CD to display the menus.
4.2.2 Drivers Menu
The Drivers Menu shows the available devices drivers if the system detects
installed devices. Please install the necessary drivers to activate the devices.
4.2.3 Utilities Menu
The Utilities Menu shows the applications software that the motherboard supports. Click on a specific item then follow the installation wizard to install it.
4.2.4 Contact Information
If you need to contact ASRock or want to know more about ASRock, welcome
to visit ASRock’s website at http://www.asrock.com; or you may contact your
dealer for further information.
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Installing OS on a HDD Larger Than 2TB in AHCI Mode
This motherboard adopts UEFI BIOS that allows Windows® OS to be installed on a
large size HDD (>2TB). Please follow the procedures below to install the operating
system.
1. Please make sure to use Windows® VistaTM 64-bit (with SP1 or above) or Windows® 7 64-bit.
2. Press <F2> or <Delete> at system POST. Set AHCI Mode in UEFI Setup Utility >
Advanced > Storage Configuration > SATA Mode.
3. Choose the item “UEFI:xxx“ to boot in UEFI Setup Utility > Boot > Boot Option #1.
(“xxx” is the device which contains your Windows® installation files. Normally it is an optical drive.) You can also press <F11> to launch boot menu at system POST
and choose the item “UEFI:xxx“ to boot.
4. Start Windows® installation.
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Installing OS on a HDD Larger Than 2TB in RAID Mode
This motherboard adopts UEFI BIOS that allows Windows® OS to be installed on a
large size HDD (>2TB). Please follow the procedures below to install the operating
system.
1. Please make sure to use Windows® VistaTM 64-bit (with SP1 or above) or Windows® 7 64-bit.
2. Copy Intel® RAID drivers into a USB fl ash disk. You can download the driver from
ASRock's website and unzip the file into a USB flash disk OR copy the file from
ASRock motherboard support CD. (please copy the files under following
directory:
32 bit: ..\i386\Win7_Vista_Intel_v3.0.0.1112
64-bit: ..\AMD64\Win7-64_Vista64_Intel_v3.0.0.1112
3. Create RAID array for you system. Please refer to "Intel RAID Installation Guide"
file for details.
4. Install Windows® VistaTM 64-bit / 7 64-bit:
A. Insert your Windows® VistaTM 64-bit / 7 64-bit installation disc to the optical drive.
B. Press <F11> to launch boot menu at system POST and choose the item
“UEFI:xxx“ to boot.
C. Start Windows® Installation. When you see “Where do you want to install
Windows?” page, please click “Load Driver”.
D. Plug the USB flash disk into your USB port; select “Browse” to find the RAID
driver. Then choose the directory (xx\AMD64\) you have copied in the first
step.
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E. Please keep the USB flash disk installed until the system first reboot.
F. Continue to install OS by following the Windows® instructions.
5. Follow Windows® Installation Guide to install OS.
If you install Windows® 7 64-bit / VistaTM 64-bit in a large hard disk (ex. Disk
volume > 2TB), it may take more time to boot into Windows® or install driver/
utilities. If you encounter this problem, you will need to following instructions
to fix this problem.
Windows® VistaTM 64-bit:
Microsoft® does not provide hotfix for this problem. The steps listed below
are Microsoft®'s suggested solution:
A. Disable System Restore.
a. Type “systempropertiesprotection” in the Start Menu. Then press "Enter".
b. De-select Local Disks for System Restore. Then Click “Turn System
Restore Off” to confirm. Then Press “Ok”.
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B. Disable “Volume Shadow Copy” service.
a. Type “computer management” in the Start Menu, then press “Enter”.
b. Go to “Services and Applications>Services”; Then double click “Volume
Shadow Copy”.
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c. Set “Startup type” to “Disable” then Click “OK”.
C. Reboot your system.
D. After reboot, please start to install motherboard drivers and utilities.
Windows® 7 64-bit:
A. Please request the hotfix KB2505454 through this link:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2505454/
B. After installing Windows® 7 64-bit, install the hotfix kb2505454.
(This may take a long time; >30 mins.)
C. Reboot your system. (It may take about 5 minutes to reboot.)
D. Windows® will install this hotfix then reboot by itself.
E. Please start to install motherboard drivers and utilities.
6. Finish.
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